The Personal Injury Risks Associated with Vaping

Smoking e-cigarettes, or “vaping,” has become an immensely popular alternative to tobacco products. Many advocates say vaping is a safer alternative and can be an effective way to stop smoking. But as more people vape, more personal injury claims have surfaced related to the product. The most common? Burns from hot or exploding batteries, or even from fires caused when the devices have been left on a charger for extended periods of time.

Here’s how vaping works. An e-cigarette has three principal components:

  • A cartridge containing nicotine, flavoring and other chemicals (note that, since e-cigarettes are not regulated, product manufacturers don’t have to tell you what’s in the cartridge)
  • An “atomizer,” a device with a heating coil that heats the liquid in the cartridge to the boiling point, so that it produces a vapor, like steam from water
  • A rechargeable lithium battery that powers the heating coil

E-cigarettes also have a sensor that recognizes when you inhale, activating the heating coil.

Users have suffered injuries in many ways. Some have left the battery on a charger overnight, only to have it overheat and start a fire. Others have had the heating coil overheat the liquid in the cartridge, leading to an explosion, or a spattering of boiling hot liquid. Some have exploded while users inhaled, but others have exploded in users’ pockets.

If you or someone you know has suffered burns or other injuries as a result of vaping or using lithium batteries, contact the Attorneys at Fritz & Bianculli.

At the law firm of Fritz & Bianculli, we have more than 30 years of combined experience successfully protecting the rights of personal injury victims in the greater Philadelphia area. We have recovered nearly $200 million in settlements and verdicts in cases that other law firms initially turned down.

To set up a free initial consultation, call our office at (215) 458-2222 or send us an e-mail. Evening and weekend meetings can be arranged, if necessary. We will come to your home or the hospital for an appointment.