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Helping Victims Get Justice After Phone, Device, or E-Bike Fires

Rechargeable lithium batteries pack a lot of energy into a small space. They power all sorts of devices that we use every day, including cell phones, toys, and e-bikes. But there are risks involved.

Poorly designed, improperly manufactured, and mishandled batteries pose a serious fire risk. Cell phone batteries have started fires that injured people, and millions of cell phones have been recalled.

Fire officials inform the New York Times that lithium-ion batteries caused 188 fires in a recent year in New York City. These fires killed six people, and a fire in Manhattan started by an e-bike battery resulted in 40 injuries.

If you were harmed by a lithium-ion battery fire in Dallas, contact The Lenahan Law Firm. Our Dallas battery fire lawyers have won millions of dollars in settlements for our clients.

Call (214) 295-1008 to schedule a FREE case evaluation today.

What Causes Lithium-ion Battery Fires?

Lithium-ion batteries contain highly flammable liquid electrolytes. When a battery short-circuits or overheats, it may cause chemicals to boil inside the battery. This creates a noxious gas that makes the battery swell and break open due to a process called thermal runaway.

If chemicals leak out of a lithium battery, the results can be disastrous. The highly flammable electrolytes can burst into flames when they are exposed to oxygen in the air.

There have been recalls of Lithium-ion batteries, but they still aren’t well-regulated. And there is no large-scale database to record the number of harmful incidents that happen every year.

Factors that contribute to lithium-ion battery fires include:

  • Manufacturing defects
  • Design flaws
  • Using incompatible chargers
  • Damaged batteries
  • Exposure to excessive heat

What Types of Devices Have Lithium-ion Batteries?

Lithium-ion batteries are very convenient, but this comes at a high price. A large number of everyday devices rely on these batteries, and you can find them just about anywhere, including:

  • Cell phones
  • E-bikes
  • Laptops
  • Tablets
  • Headsets
  • Smartwatches
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toys
  • Hoverboards
  • Scooters
  • Other electronic devices

Cell Phone Fires

Many of the most notable lithium-ion battery incidents have involved cell phones and cell phone cases. Apple, Amazon, and Samsung have all faced legal actions due to fires caused by their devices.

Amazon was forced to recall 367,000 phone cases in 2020 due to flammable batteries. The company that has received the most scrutiny regarding fire damage caused by their products is Samsung, which recalled over 2.5 million Note7 phones. Samsung has settled lawsuits in South Carolina and Pennsylvania for damages caused by Note7 phones.

A Southwest Airlines flight was evacuated due to a fire caused by a Note7 phone. This prompted the FAA to issue an order prohibiting air cargo of recalled or defective lithium-ion battery powered devices, and passengers cannot turn on or charge recalled or defective devices while flying.

How Your Dallas Battery Fire Attorney Can Help

The Lenahan Law Firm knows how to win big cases against big companies, and we won’t back down from anybody. We’ll investigate your accident and file a claim against anyone whose negligent behavior contributed to your injuries.

Burn injuries cause extensive harm to the victim’s skin, hard and soft tissue, and internal organs. They can also create severe respiratory problems and lead to loss of limb.

Claims in burn injury cases include the following types of damages:

  • Current and future medical expenses
  • Reconstructive and plastic surgery
  • Hospitalization
  • Disfigurement
  • Pain and suffering
  • Reduced quality of life
  • Loss of income
  • Reduced earning potential
  • Rehabilitation
  • Physical therapy
  • Wrongful death

We’re on Your Side

At The Lenahan Law Firm, we stand up for people who have been harmed by the careless actions of others. The people who hurt you should have to pay for your medical expenses.

We have a perfect 10.0 Avvo rating and we’ve also been recognized by Super Lawyers for providing our clients with superior service.

Call (214) 295-1008 to learn more today. You won’t owe us anything unless we win your case.

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