Are you looking for an E-Cigarette lithium battery personal injury lawyer in Greenville sc? The Thomas Creech Law Offices in Greenville, S.C., is handling and investigating cases involving the explosion of lithium batteries in e-cig devices.
E-Cigarettes, also known as “E-Cigs” or “Vaping” have become increasingly popular with over 2.5 million consumers using them. Since the popularity of E-Cigs has risen, there have been over two dozen injury incidents reported from the devices exploding. The risk of explosion comes when the devices overheat due to:
• overcharging of the battery
• puncturing the battery
• external heat on a battery
• a battery short circuiting
• internal cell fault of a battery
These injuries have included severe burns, chipped teeth and gaping wounds resulting in extensive medical treatment. An e-cigarette injury lawyer may be able to get you compensation for these injuries.
Throughout the United States, this unregulated industry has led to lawsuits and media outlets have increased their coverage of people who are hospitalized with severe injuries as a result of “vaping.”
LACK OF E-CIGARETTE REGULATION
While cigarettes are heavily regulated by the federal government, the electronic cigarette industry has little oversight. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website, only those e-cigarettes marketed for “therapeutic purposes” are regulated by the FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. There is no oversight from the FDA Center for Tobacco Products. The FDA warns that reported illnesses and injuries from e-cigs include:
• congestive heart failure;
• hypotension; and
• other health problems
HOW DO THEY WORK?
An E-cigarette is a battery-powered device that converts liquid nicotine into a mist, or vapor, that the user inhales.
According to an article published by NBC news they are made up of:
- A rechargeable lithium battery. Some can even be charged with a USB cord connected to your computer.
- A cartridge containing nicotine, flavoring and chemicals like glycerin or polyethylene glycol. Since they are not regulated, they often don’t list all of their ingredients.
- An atomizer, which consists of a heating coil.
- An LED light to simulate a burning cigarette.
- A sensor that registers when you take a drag and activates the atomizer and LED light.
A heating element is used to vaporize the liquid either when the user takes a drag from the device or manually. Most manufactured devices have built-in timeout features that prevent overheating, and many have locking features to prevent the switch from being activated in a pocket or purse. The energy used to generate this heat is obtained from a battery. These batteries hold a flammable or combustible liquid that may explode if overheated.
The Thomas Creech Law Offices in Greenville, S.C., is representing users of e-cig vaping devices who have been injured as a result of a e-cig device lithium battery exploding. Exploding lithium batteries cause extremely serious and harmful burn injuries that can result in astronomical medical bills, pain, suffering, disability, lost wages, and permanent scarring.