A U.S. Navy veteran from Dallas, Texas, who claims he was severely burned when his electronic cigarette exploded in his pocket has filed a products liability lawsuit against the manufacturer, retailer and distributor.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one was injured by an e-cigarette explosion, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.
What’s the Problem?
May 15, 2017 – According to the lawsuit, Plaintiff Matthew Bonestele’s LG Chem HG2 18650 battery exploded in his right pants pocket on April 21, 2016. The explosion caused third degree burns to his right leg and made a hole in his right thigh, according to KHOU.
Bonestele alleges that LG Chem America, Inc. defectively designed and manufactured the e-cigarette battery, which his complaint alleges did not have warnings regarding its potential dangers. The e-cigarette was distributed by Lightfire Group, LLC, and sold to Bonestele by Great Vapes, LLC. — both of which are named as defendants in the lawsuit.
This is not the first incident in which a U.S. veteran has been injured by exploding e-cigarette batteries. Tim Jensen, an Army veteran from Alabama, also had a vape battery explode in his right pocket last year. He suffered second and third degree burns to his hands and legs, and had to receive 60 staples and skin grafts.
Last month, the Navy banned e-cigarettes from its vessels after several reports of exploding vapes injuring sailors. The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) in 2016 prohibited airline passengers from carrying portable electronic smoking devices in checked baggage, and from using or charging the devices aboard aircraft.
Do I Have an E-Cigarette Explosion 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 vape lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new burn injury cases in all 50 states.
Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you were burned by an exploding e-cig or vape, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.