E-Cigarette Personal Injury Cases Continue to Be Filed Throughout the Country – Including California
As scientists and medical professionals continue to learn more and more about the dangers of e-cigarette use, e-cigarette injury cases continue to be filed. This is true not just in California but throughout the country. You can learn more by continuing to read or you can contact Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 for a free legal consultation with a personal injury attorney.
Not All E-Cigarette Lawsuits Involve a Person’s Health
It is becoming more obvious that e-cigarettes, or vaping, is causing serious, long-term injury but that is not the main reason for the increase in e-cigarette cases. The truth is that these devices have been shown to serve a serious risk when they malfunction. There are a number of ways in which they are malfunctioning, including exploding, catching on fire, and otherwise causing serious injury and even death to users and those near the user. For this reason, we see more and more product liability lawsuits filed for these issues.
Why Are E-Cigarettes Malfunctioning?
According to a report by the National Law Review, many e-cigarettes have exploded or caught fire because their heating elements were defective. These e-cigarettes work by heating the liquid to boiling point through a heating element. This heating element is often powered by a lithium ion battery, which can combust or explode if it is overheated.
This is dangerous for obvious reasons but can be even lithium-ion when you consider that these devices are generally held in a person’s hand or between their lips. Imagine how bad an explosion is when it happens to someone that close.
California Has Laws in Place for These Types of Cases
California, as is true of other states, has product liability laws that are specifically designed to help protect consumers in the event of a defective design or manufacturing process of a product. This means that the manufacturer, seller, and even the retailer may be held responsible for injuries caused by products. However, there are many elements that must be proven to get to this point.
We must prove that the injury you suffered was not only caused by e-cigarettes but was caused by a defect in the product. Essentially, if the product worked as it was supposed to and you were injured, you may not have a case.
Your Next Step is to Talk to a Personal Injury Attorney
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury due to an e-cigarette then we welcome your call to Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707. We can begin with a free legal consultation during which you will get the facts about the personal injury process. There is no fee for this so please call right away.