The attorneys at Lipsig, Shapey, Manus & Moverman are now accepting cases on behalf of clients severely injured by exploding e-cigarettes, or vaporizers. Marc Freund, Esq., Partner here at Lipsig Lawyers, is currently representing two New York clients who were harmed during an electronic cigarette explosion, and we have selected him to lead the efforts of our e-cig attorneys nationwide.
Marc is actively spearheading a national coalition of experienced attorneys devoted to protecting the rights and best interests of those injured by e-cigs. You can learn more about Marc’s legal accomplishments, and his most recent court victories, here.
Exploding E-Cigarettes Cause Severe Harm
In the course of a decade, vaporizers, or electronic cigarettes, have already become a $3.5 billion industry, drawing in former smokers and young non-smokers alike with the promise of a safer experience and growing community.
While vaping’s potential health risks have yet to be adequately researched, the technology behind many popular e-cigs has been called into question. To date, dozens of users have been severely hurt by the lithium-ion batteries used to power vaporizers, which experts say can explode suddenly, causing burns, deep tissue damage and lasting traumatic psychological effects. But many of these consumers are choosing to fight back, filing personal injury lawsuits to pursue necessary compensation and demand accountability from the e-cig industry.
How Likely Is An E-Cig Explosion?
How frequently e-cigarette batteries explode is still unknown. According to one Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) estimate, at least 25 such explosions have been reported by mainstream media sources, but the true number is likely much higher. Many incidents, FEMA’s analysts write, are “not reported,” either to local fire departments or to the media.
Of the 25 e-cig explosions reviewed by FEMA, nearly 80% occurred while a vaporizer was charging. Only two of the reported cases harmed people who were actively vaping. Injuries, including serious burns, however, seem to be far more common. Even more troubling, the explosions can eject an electronic cigarette’s battery from its casing, much like a bullet, raising the potential for blunt-force trauma to bystanders and even “igniting combustible items” nearby. Indeed, in 88% of the incidents FEMA analyzed, fire department officials later confirmed that the explosions had caused fires which spread.
None of the e-cig explosions covered in FEMA’s report involved larger “PV” or “Mod” devices. Among the 25 reported explosions, only smaller “vape pens,” which closely resemble traditional cigarettes, were implicated. Independent reports, however, have confirmed that vaporizers using removable lithium-ion batteries can also explode.
Featured E-Cig News & Press
By Marc Freund
Featured News & Press
August 12, 2016- 13-Year-Old Girl Injured In E-Cigarette Explosion
A 13-year-old girl was rushed to hospital covered in blood and soot after a failed attempt to try her 16-year-old brother’s e-cigarette. The teenager stated that she put the battery in, twisted it back on, and as she was about to push the button, it exploded. It is believed that there is an 80 percent chance she will not need reconstructive surgery.
June 30, 2016- Study Suggests E-Cigarettes Could Lead To Oral Disease
A study published in the journal PLOS One has revealed that the vapor from e-cigarettes contains toxic compounds and nanoparticles that can destroy the outer layer of skin cells in the mouth. Researchers came to this conclusion by analyzing the effects of e-cigarette vapor on cell cultures in laboratory tests. Part of the team’s research involved exposing the cell cultures to two brands of e-cigarette vapor for 24 hours while monitoring the effects the vapor had. The result, e-cigarette vapor destroyed 85 percent of oral cavity cells. The researchers believe their findings may have significant implications for human health considering the rise in e-cigarette popularity all over the world.
May 5, 2016 – E-Cigs To Undergo Same FDA Review As Traditional Cigarettes
All of that came to an end on May 5, 2016, with the announcement of a finalized ruling from the FDA that will see the vast majority of e-cigarettes, along with their “components and parts,” undergo stringent quality and safety reviews.
From cig-a-likes and vape pens to complex personal vaporizer building blocks, every product that could “reasonably be expected” to facilitate the consumption of tobacco-containing substances will now fall under the federal agency’s authority. Manufacturers with e-cig products currently on the market will have to submit extensive approval documents within 12, 18 or 24 months, depending on the product or device in question, and submit to unannounced manufacturing inspections.
Most lithium-ion batteries are included by the new rule, although it won’t cover individually-sold units that could also be purchased to power a consumer’s laptop or mobile phone. Batteries packaged with electronic cigarettes, along with those that one could reasonably expect to be used with electronic cigarette technology, will now undergo FDA safety review.
Blinded During E-Cig Explosion, Young Teen Fights Back
Leor Domatov was just hanging out with his friends at the Kings Plaza Shopping Center in Brooklyn, when the electronic cigarette he was holding unexpectedly exploded, sending shards of metal into his eyes and leaving serious chemical burns on his hands.
Now, Domatov, only 14, has decided to take legal action, against both Kings Plaza and the vaping kiosk whose products he was “testing out,” according to PIX11. The boy’s attorney, Marc Freund of Lipsig, Shapey, Manus & Moverman, P.C. says an employee from the Plaza Vapes kiosk demonstrated the use of several e-cigarettes for his client.
Both local and New York state laws prohibit the sale or advertisement of vaporizers to minors. But it was when the employee plugged an e-cig in for charging, then handing the device to Domatov, that the boy says the device “exploded in [his] hands and [his] face.” He spent five days recovering in the hospital. Entirely blind in his left eye, Domatov faces the possibility of life-long damage to his hands.
In Queens, Electronic Cigarette Explodes In Woman’s Pocket
A Queens woman sustained third-degree burns after an e-cig battery exploded in her pocket. The explosion was so forceful that the battery flew out of her jeans pocket and embedded in the dashboard of the car she was driving. Unable to work, the woman will require surgery, including skin grafts, to recover.
In an interview with ABC New York, her attorney Marc Freund cast doubt on the regulations currently in place to warn consumers: “there are very little warnings, if any, associated with these products. The stores are certainly not warning customers about these products.” Together, Freund and his client intend to sue both the store where she purchased the electronic cigarette and LG Electronics, the company that manufactured the battery.
Learn more about the case at the Daily News.