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Vape Explosion Lawsuits – Texas Vape Injury Attorneys

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Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) and vape pens have increased in popularity in recent years because they have been marketed as a healthier alternative to smoking tobacco. Unfortunately, these devices have the potential to explode and cause serious injuries. In the most severe cases, they can even cause death. Below, we’ve taken a closer look at the dangers of exploding vape pens, provided valuable advice on how to prevent these accidents, and what to do if you or a loved one has incurred injuries in such an incident.

If an exploding vape pen has hurt you or someone you love, you should consult an experienced Texas product liability lawyer at Begum Law Group. Our team can investigate your case and inform you of your legal options. To schedule a free consultation of your case with The Law Giant, contact us today at (866) 523-4167.

How Do Vape Pens Explode?

Vape pens contain lithium-ion batteries with two electrodes: a cathode and an anode. A film separates these two components, and contains a combustible liquid electrolyte. In the event a battery overheats, it can ignite the electrolyte, rupture, and cause an explosion.

When such an explosion occurs, flying debris can cause serious injuries to a user’s eyes, neck, and mouth. Although vape pens can explode while they are being used or held, they often shatter when they are stored, charged, or kept in a pocket.

Vape Pen Tragedy

In February 2019, William Brown, a 24-year-old Dallas man, lost his life as a result of an exploding vape pen. He was in the car with his grandmother when his device popped, exploded, and shot across his mouth.

The faulty battery melted plastic from the car to the vape pen. Brown’s face was then covered with debris, and he was transported to John Peter Smith Hospital, where he passed away two days later.

X-rays revealed that the vape pen tore Brown’s carotid artery, and that the metal was embedded to where the blood flows to the brain. Brown wasn’t a regular smoker, but he purchased the vape pen after he was told it might improve his asthma.

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How to Prevent Vape Pen Explosions

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) compiled a list of safety tips that can help consumers prevent vape pen explosions. Some of this advice includes never using a phone charger to charge a vape pen, storing loose batteries in a case and ensuring they don’t come into contact with metal objects, and refraining from charging a vape overnight.

In addition, the FDA added a feature to their website to allow consumers to report incidents with vape pens that prompt fires or explode. It is vital to understand that the manufacturers of these devices have a legal duty to create products that contain safe chemicals and batteries that are fully functional. They can be held liable if a vape pen features a flaw that leads to an explosion and injury.

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What to Do if Your Vape Pen Explodes

If your vape pen explodes, it’s important that you take the following steps to protect your health and rights:

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Contact The Law Giant for Help

If you’ve been injured or lost a loved one as a result of an exploding vape pen, contact the Texas product liability attorneys at Begum Law Group right away. We are well-versed in product liability laws and can help you fight for fair compensation for your damages. To schedule a free, initial consultation of your case, contact us today at (866) 523-4167.