Jury finds for man injured by exploding battery
Vaping has become increasingly popular, especially among young adults and teenagers. In the United States, the National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS) and the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) reported that millions of young people had tried vaping by 2021. Most e-cigarettes contain a cartridge or pod, a heating element, a power source (typically a battery), and a mouthpiece. Puffing activates the battery-powered heating device and the liquid vaporizes in the cartridge. The person then inhales the vapor. If the device battery is removable and the battery or device lacks safety circuitry to prevent overheating and thermal runaway, the battery can explode, causing devastating personal injuries, including serious burns, nerve damage, and permanent injury to the teeth and mouth.
Our attorneys recently represented a client seriously injured when a rewrapped, mislabeled lithium ion battery in a mechanical mod exploded in his mouth, and a St. Charles County, Missouri jury awarded more than $2.35 million in compensatory and punitive damages.
An article on the jury verdict can be found at https://molawyersmedia.com/2023/09/11/jury-finds-for-man-injured-by-exploding-battery/
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