A man from Tennessee comes running after an e-cigarette explodes in his face and tears away part of his left cheek.
In the lawsuit, David Bishop, 25, of Cordova said he used the device at home before he went to work one morning in May 2018, when the lithium battery suddenly exploded.
The battery acid caused severe burns to the mouth, face and hands of Bishop and broke some of his teeth. It also caused the meat to tear itself from its upper lip to its left cheek.
The warehouse assistant reportedly needed 65 stitches and had to miss a few weeks of work, the Memphis Commercial Appeal reported.
Bishop filed the lawsuit against three companies involved in the sale of the device and batteries in October 2018, which was handed over to the federal court in February.
David Bishop, 25, from Cordova, Tennessee, has filed a lawsuit against three companies after an e-cigarette exploded in his mouth in May 2018, tore part of his cheek and burned him (image of the file)
The lawsuit states that the vaping device that Bishop used was a VGOD Pro Mech 2, which can be sold anywhere between $ 45 and $ 95.
Bishop claims compensation from VGOD, a company that sells e-cigarettes; Make a Cig Cordova, the store where he bought the device; and LG Electronics.
In court documents that were viewed by the Commercial Appeal, Create A Cig stated that it didn't make the vaporizers or batteries and that Bishop took some risk when he bought the e-cigarette.
Lawyers for VGOD argued in the same way, writing: & # 39;[Bishop] he has behaved so carelessly and carelessly that he, through his own negligence, directly and immediately contributed to his own injuries. & # 39;
Neither company mentioned an action bishop who may have caused the explosion.
THE CONTROVERSE ABOUT E-CIGARETS
Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, are devices, often similar to cigarettes, cigars, or pipes, designed to deliver nicotine or related substances to users in the form of a vapor.
E-cigarettes contain a solution that is heated and converted into an aerosol, which is then inhaled.
The most common ingredients are:
- Propylene glycol (a liquid made in a laboratory that is found in foods but also used for artificial smoke or mist for performance)
- Glycerin (a liquid with a slightly sweet taste)
- Chemicals to heat up the liquid, such as formaldehyde and acetaldehyde (both possible carcinogens)
Proponents have recommended that e-cigarettes are healthier, safer alternatives to traditional tobacco products.
Research has shown that the aerosol of e-cigarettes contains considerably fewer toxins than conventional cigarettes, although toxins could be detected.
In addition, exposed second-handers also had a much lower risk of e-cigarettes than traditional cigarettes, although there may still be a risk.
In January 2015, it was determined that the long-term cancer risk of e-cigarettes is estimated to be five to fifteen times higher than that of smoking a pack of cigarettes a day, due to the toxic substance formaldehyde in the vapor.
LG Electronics has filed a rejection motion and claims that it does not make batteries, but that its sister company, LG Chemical, possibly – which Bishop thinks it makes the batteries – has reported the commercial appeal.
Lithium battery explosions are rare, but if they occur, they can cause devastating injuries.
A 2017 US Fire Administration report reported that between January 2009 and December 2016, there were 195 incidents of fires with e-cigarettes and explosions.
Sixty of the incidents occurred while the device was being used. In addition, there were 133 injuries – and 38 were serious.
No deaths were recorded in the report, but at least two have since been reported.
A 38-year-old man in Florida died in May 2018 after a sheep pen exploded and sent two projectiles into his head and, according to the Tampa Bay Times, burned nearly 80 percent of his body.
And in January 2019, a 24-year-old man from Fort Worth, Texas, died after a vape pen exploded in his mouth and cut an artery in his neck, The Washington Post reported.
The use of e-cigarettes has increased since they were introduced to the US market in 2007, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
And they remain the most widely used tobacco product among American teenagers.
A 2017 report from the US Surgeon General found a 900 percent increase in e-cig use among young people between 2011 and 2015.
This means that e-cigarettes have outpaced cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco and other conventional products.
The Bishop legal team says that e-cigarettes are different from other devices that use lithium batteries – such as laptops and mobile phones – because they are put into the mouth.
& # 39; It's the prevalence and intimacy of these devices & # 39 ;, David Hill, one of his lawyers, told the Commercial Appeal. & # 39; And if they are used so intimately, they must be safe. & # 39;
A jury case for the bishop's case is scheduled for June 15, 2020, but arrangements can be made in negotiations before the date even comes.