A 24-year-old Texas man was sitting in his car outside a Forth Worth vaping store when the e-cigarette he was using exploded. He was able to get out of his vehicle, but collapsed on the pavement. He died two days later, after being placed in a medically induced coma. The medical examiner ruled the cause of death as penetrating trauma after tests revealed that a piece of the e-cigarette had lodged in the man’s throat, severing the left artery in his neck. Sadly, the injury led to a stroke which ultimately caused his death.
The tragic incident is the second reported death by an exploding e-cigarette. In May, a Florida man suffered multiple injuries to his face and burns over nearly 80% of his body after a vape pen exploded, sparking a house fire. An autopsy report later showed that the man died from a “projectile wound of the head.”
Surviving family members of the deceased victims may wish to file a product liability lawsuit. The first step is to consult an experienced attorney.
While lithium-ion batteries, those used in e-cigarettes, have also been linked to defects that caused fires in smartphones, hoverboards, and laptops, such cases result in lengthy litigation; a settlement can take years.
The defendant will push the notion that the victim did not use the product correctly. Prolonged denial of any wrongdoing can leave a family in financial ruin. In such cases, litigation funding might be the answer to ensure financial stability until just compensation is achieved.
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If you or someone you know has been affected by a defective product, you may have the right to file a product liability lawsuit. Once the case is filed, call Lawsuit Financial at 1-877-377-7848 or complete our online application if you are considering litigation funding. Our dedicated staff is ready to assist you; we can typically make a funding decision within 24 – 48 hours. Don’t delay; call us today.