When lithium-ion batteries catch fire and/or explode, they do for 2 main reasons:
- Punctures, which typically occur when a person drops their phone, and
- Breaks in the thin compacted battery material between cells, which can produce an internal short circuit, leading to swelling and potential explosions.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been injured by an exploding phone battery, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer and our lawyers can help.
Update: T-Mobile Phone Explodes, Ending Pro Basketball Player’s Career, Lawsuit Says
A pro basketball player who claims that a cell phone manufactured by T-Mobile and LG Electronics exploded without warning in his hand, causing injuries so devastating that it ended his career, has filed a products liability lawsuit in Texas federal court, according to Law360.
The complaint was filed on behalf of Khouraichi Thiam, who had been playing professionally overseas since 2013 in countries like Saudi Arabia, Spain, Serbia, Bahrain and Luxembourg, as well as in his native Senegal.
“I was born in a family where the ball is bouncing,” Thiam said. “Basketball is who I am.”
The 31-year-old forward was even considering trying out for the NBA’s summer league, which started in July, but that dream was cut short when his LG K20 Plus suddenly exploded in his right hand while he was riding in a friend’s car on May 15.
“It just blew up,” Thiam said, recalling the event. “It exploded. The driver, who is my friend, was screaming. We all were screaming. I thought I was going to die. It was … it was terrifying.”
Thiam suffered second and third degree burns, as well as damage to his thumb, index finger and middle finger which resulted in “serious and permanent injuries,” according to the lawsuit.
“I’m a basketball player, and I work,” he said. “This is how I provide for my family. It’s scary right now, I don’t know what I’m going to do.”
Defendants in the suit include LG, T-Mobile and MetroPCS (a subsidiary of T-Mobile), which Plaintiff says are responsible for the exploding phone because they manufactured and sold the device in a defective and dangerous state.
The lawsuit is: Thiam v. T-Mobile USA Inc. et al., case number 4:19-cv-00633, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.
Why Are Lithium-Ion Batteries Dangerous?
The problem with lithium-ion batteries in many cases stems from manufacturers pushing the devices too far in order to maximize the amount of energy stored while minimizing their charging time and cost, according to Wired. Inside, the only thing that prevents a lithium-ion battery from short circuiting is a thin, porous strip of polypropylene which keeps the electrodes from touching. The batteries are also filled with a flammable electrolyte, which can combust with heat and then flame out of control once oxygen his it. Lithium-ion batteries also contain a liquid that is mixed with a compound which can cause skin burns and other severe injuries.
Samsung Suffers As Phones ‘Catch Fire’: CNBC Video
Samsung Galaxy Recall
In September 2016, Samsung suspended sales of its flagship smartphone, the Galaxy Note 7, in the U.S. and 9 other countries just 2 weeks after the device was launched amid dozens of reports of the phones overheating, catching fire, and/or exploding. An investigation revealed a manufacturing defect in the Note 7’s batteries that had caused some of them to generate excessive heat, resulting in fires. Samsung exchanged the phones for an updated model, which used batteries from a different supplier. However, after reports surfaced of the replacement phones catching fire, Samsung recalled the Galaxy Note 7 worldwide on October 10, 2016, and permanently ceased production of the device the next day.
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What To Do If Your Phone Overheats
If your cell phone overheats, hisses or bulges, take the device out of your pocket and place it away from flammable materials. If possible, remove the battery and put it safely outside to let it burn out. Simply disconnecting the phone from its power source / charger may not be enough to stop it from overheating.
What was the Lithium-Ion Batteries Antitrust Litigation?
A class action lawsuit alleging that several large technology companies — Samsung, TOKIN, Toshiba, Panasonic, Sanyo, and others — conspired together to fix the prices of lithium-ion batteries. The case was open to anyone in the U.S. who bought products with lithium-ion batteries, such as laptop PCs, mobile phones, camcorders, and cordless power tools, between January 1, 2000 and May 31, 2011. The deadline to file a claim as part of the Lithium-Ion Batteries Antitrust Litigation expired on July 19, 2019.
Can I File a Class Action?
Although Schmidt & Clark, LLP, is a nationally recognized class action firm, we have decided against this type of litigation when it comes to phone explosion lawsuits. Our lawyers feel that if there is a successful resolution to these cases, individual suits, not class actions will be the best way to get maximum payouts to our clients. If you’ve been injured by an exploding phone, we know you’ve suffered emotionally and economically, and want to work with you personally to obtain the maximum compensation for the damages caused by your injuries. Contact us today to learn more about your legal rights.
Do I Have an Exploding Phone Battery Lawsuit?
The Product Liability Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in exploding phone battery lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury and death cases in all 50 states.
Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one has been injured by an exploding phone battery, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.