Lithium ion batteries are used in a variety of consumer products today. For example, these rechargeable batteries can be found in cell phones, laptops, tablets, e-cigarettes, headphones, and hoverboards. Like other batteries, they work by storing energy that is released in a controlled chemical reaction. The difference is that lithium ion batteries have been known to cause injuries to people using products that contain them.
Manufacturing or design defects can cause lithium batteries to explode or catch fire. For example, a short circuit caused by a defective or improperly installed separator inside the battery can cause rapid heat accumulation. This can result in thermal runaway, a condition in which the heat inside the battery increases too rapidly for the cell to dispel it. This can cause a sudden, fiery discharge of energy, which can lead to a fire or explosion. Another common issue is manufacturing defects that cause problems with the battery during or after charging. Scraps of metal that end up inside the battery with shoddy manufacturing can also cause a short that leads to an explosion.
Lithium ion batteries are often contained in devices that may be used close to the body, such as cell phones and e-cigarettes. When they explode, it can cause serious or catastrophic injuries. E-cigarettes with lithium battery malfunctions have been compared to flaming rockets. Examples of injuries sustained in lithium ion battery fires and explosions include:
- Facial fractures
- Severe burns
- Loss of eyesight
- Lower extremity injuries caused by fires or explosions in pockets
- Hand, arm, and body injuries from exploding laptops or cell phones
You may be entitled to seek compensation if you have been injured by a lithium ion battery fire or explosion. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your accident, you may have a product liability claim against the manufacturer, distributor, retailer, or other parties in the supply chain. An experienced product liability lawyer with our firm can thoroughly investigate the incident to identify responsible parties.
Damages you are entitled to claim will depend on the nature and extent of your injuries. You may be able to seek compensation for:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Lost wages or earnings
- Loss of future earning potential
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
Your best chance of recovering full and fair compensation is to have an experienced personal injury attorney by your side. Large corporations and their insurance companies have teams of lawyers ready to fight your claim. Their goal is minimizing the amount they pay out in damages. Insurance company representatives often make a lowball offer to try to settle a claim quickly, and for less than you may be eligible to receive. Our Dallas product liability attorneys can collect evidence to support your claim, assess the full extent of your damages, negotiate skillfully with insurance companies on your behalf, and fight for the compensation you deserve in court, if necessary.
At The Lenahan Law Firm, we believe severe injuries deserve premier care. Our history of success for our people we represent speaks for itself. We are insanely focused, achieve big results, and provide real TLC to our clients – the exact opposite of settlement mills that accept the first offer from the insurance company. If you have been seriously injured by a lithium ion battery fire or explosion, call us at (214) 295-1008 to find out how we can help.