Our lawyers are reviewing potential lawsuits for people who suffered burn injuries caused by Samsung Galaxy smartphones catching fire and/or exploding.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If your Samsung phone caught fire and burned you, 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: Report Finds Galaxy Note 7 Fires Caused by “Aggressive” Battery Design
December 7, 2016 – A teardown of the Galaxy Note 7 has determined that Samsung engineers didn’t allow enough internal space for the smartphone’s battery, which caused pressure buildup, short-circuit and fires. Allowances for battery expansion are calculated during a phone’s design phase; however, Samsung used “a super-aggressive manufacturing process to maximize capacity” which increased the risk of explosion and fire, according to the engineers who performed the teardown.
Man Sues Samsung After Exploding Galaxy S7 Causes Severe Burns
Samsung is facing a lawsuit (PDF) filed on behalf of a construction worker whose Galaxy S7 Edge allegedly caught fire and exploded in his pocket, causing him 2nd and 3rd degree burns. According to the complaint, Daniel Ramirez was at a worksite in Akron, Ohio on May 30, 2016, when he heard a high-pitched whistling noise coming from the pocket that contained his smartphone.
The S7 exploded as Ramirez tried to get it out of his pocket, melting his clothes to his body and burning his fingertips, according to the lawsuit. Plaintiff claims he continues to go through rehab and has had multiple skin grafts as a result of his injuries.
The complaint was filed on September 8, 2016, in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Bergen County. Plaintiff accuses Samsung of selling unsafe phones, negligence, breach of warranty, and violating New Jersey consumer protection laws.
Galaxy Note 7 Recall
Ramirez’s injury occurred 3 months before Samsung announced that it was recalling about 2.5 million Galaxy Note 7 smartphones due to a potential battery defect that can result in fires. An investigation prompted by several dozen consumer complaints revealed a battery flaw that affects an estimated 1 in 42,000 units. Although Samsung has not issued a recall for the S7 Edge, many are concerned that the problem may extend to the company’s entire line of Galaxy phones. Click here to view a complete list of Samsung Galaxy smartphones.
FAA Warns Against Using Samsung Galaxy Note 7 on Planes
On Sept. 8, 2016, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) advised passengers not to use, charge or even stow Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones on domestic flights. Airlines in Australia and Singapore have taken the precaution a step further, forbidding passengers from using or charging the devices during flights.
Samsung Blames Battery Problem for Galaxy Fires
It is still unknown whether the batteries that caused the fire in Ramirez’s Galaxy S7 Edge were supplied by Samsung SDI, the company that made the defective Galaxy Note 7 power source that prompted the recall. Samsung SDI has since been replaced by Chinese manufacturer ATL, which will supply the next batch of Note 7 batteries. However, it will be Samsung that answers for the problem.
Samsung Refuses to Pay for Galaxy Note 7 Fire Damage
October 21, 2016 – A number of people whose property was damaged when their Note 7 phones exploded are claiming that Samsung won’t compensate them for replacement costs, according to The Guardian. The global Note 7 recall is expected to cost Samsung up to $17 billion in lost revenue, and refusing to cover damage caused by the device appears to some as a way of squeezing customers over every dollar of compensation.
Galaxy Note 7 Banned on All U.S. Flights
October 17, 2016 – Samsung Note 7 smartphones are now banned from all U.S. airline flights after nearly 100 incidents of the devices catching fire and sometimes exploding, according to the Department of Transportation (DOT). The flight ban means that the Note 7 is now considered a forbidden hazardous material under the Federal Hazardous Material Regulations, which prohibit airline passengers from traveling with lithium cells, batteries or portable electronic devices that are capable of generating a dangerous amount of heat.
Samsung Abandons Galaxy Note 7
October 12, 2016 – Samsung announced Tuesday that it is officially ending production of the Galaxy Note 7 after failing to correct a problem that was causing the devices to catch on fire and explode. The loss of its flagship smartphone is a major embarrassment for Samsung, which now faces an estimated $17 billion in lost sales revenue.
Samsung Halts Note 7 Production Amid New Fire Scare
October 10, 2016 – Samsung suspended production of its flagship Galaxy Note 7 smartphones yesterday after reports of fires in replacement devices added to the tech giant’s worst ever recall crisis. Fires in phones that were meant to replace devices that had been recalled because of their potential to explode will likely amount to a disaster for the world’s largest smartphone maker, suggesting it failed to fix a problem that has already severely damaged its brand and reputation.
Replacement Galaxy Note 7 Catches Fire on Plane, Forces Evacuation
October 6, 2016 – Southwest Airlines flight 994 from Louisville to Baltimore was evacuated yesterday while still at the gate because of a replacement Galaxy Note 7 that caught fire in a passenger’s pocket. All passengers and crew exited the plane via the main cabin door and no injuries were reported, according to a Southwest Airlines spokesperson.
Samsung Investigating Note 7 Fire in China
September 29, 2016 – A 25-year-old man from China whose replacement Note 7 allegedly caught fire and burned him less than 24 hours of being shipped has gone public with his story, according to Bloomberg. The incident raises concerns about whether Samsung’s problems with battery fires are spreading to newer versions of its flagship smartphone.
Replacements for Recalled Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Now Available
September 21, 2016 – New Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones are available in U.S. stores starting today to replace about 1 million devices being recalled because their batteries can catch fire, according to the Los Angeles Times. Samsung announced last week that U.S. customers who had bought one of the recalled phones could choose between a replacement or a refund for the device, which sells for about $850.
Florida Man Sues Samsung, Says Galaxy Note 7 Exploded
September 19, 2016 – A Florida man who claims he was severely burned after a Galaxy Note 7 caught fire in his pocket has filed a products liability lawsuit against Samsung. According to the lawsuit, 28-year-old Jonathan Strobel was at Costco in Palm Beach Garden a week ago when his Samsung Galaxy caught fire, causing him second degree burns to his thigh and first degree burns on his fingers.
Do I Have a Samsung Galaxy 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 Samsung Galaxy lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new burn injury cases in all 50 states.
Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one suffered a burn injury from a Samsung Galaxy fire, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.