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Lithium-Ion Battery Explosion Lawsuit

Lithium-Ion Battery Explosion Lawsuit

Exploding lithium-ion batteries in laptops, phones, e-cigarettes, hoverboards, and other electronic devices have caused several deaths and hundreds of severe burn injuries.

What You Can Do & How We Can Help

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting lithium-ion battery explosion induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been injured or burned, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Product Liability Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

What is a Lithium-Ion Battery?

Lithium-ion batteries are commonly found in electronic devices. These batteries recharge quickly and pack a lot of power into a small size, making them ideal for laptops and phones, as well as electric cars and some jumbo jets.

What is the Problem?

As consumers have demanded smaller and more powerful electronic devices, engineers have had to squeeze lithium-ion batteries into increasingly smaller spaces. Over time, this has created problems.

Why Do Lithium-Ion Batteries Explode?

  • Short-circuit
  • Overcharging or using the wrong charger
  • Faulty wiring
  • Manufacturing defect
  • Damage
  • Hot temperatures
  • Contact with metal, keys, coins, etc.

What is the Problem?

The big disadvantage of lithium-ion batteries is the risk of explosions. Inside every battery is a highly-flammable liquid electrolyte chemical that can catch on fire if the battery is damaged or overheats.

Short-Circuits Cause Many Lithium-Ion Battery Fires

One of the most common ways that lithium-ion batteries catch on fire is when it short-circuits. This causes a “thermal runaway,” in which the chemicals heat up — potentially hitting temperatures over 1,000° F — and boil, releasing gases that break open the battery. When the chemicals leak out and hit an electrical spark, they suddenly explode.

Phone Battery Explosions

The risk of phone battery explosions drew worldwide attention in 2016, when Samsung recalled the Galaxy Note 7 smartphone after dozens of people suffered burn injuries. Since then, a growing number of lawsuits have been filed by people who were burned when the lithium-ion battery in their phone exploded.

Hoverboard Battery Explosions

Over 500,000 hoverboards were recalled in 2017 after dozens of reports of lithium-ion batteries catching on fire, burning down houses, and exploding while charging or catching on fire underfoot. The manufacturers have been hit with several individual lawsuits and class actions from people who suffered injuries or property damage.

Headphone Battery Explosions

In 2017, an Australian woman on a flight from Beijing to Melbourne was severely burned when her headphones exploded. The woman fell asleep while wearing the headphones plugged into a power source. Two hours later, she awoke when her headphones suddenly caught on fire, burning her face, hands, and hair.

Laptop Battery Explosions

In June 2019, Apple recalled certain 15-inch MacBook Pro laptops from 2015 because the battery can overheat and catch on fire. In recent years, millions of lithium-ion laptop batteries have been recalled by Apple, HP, Toshiba, and Dell due to a risk of fires.

E-Cigarette & Vape Battery Explosions

Exploding lithium-ion batteries in vapes and e-cigarettes have caused several deaths and burned hundreds of people. Many incidents involve blindness and permanent scarring because the person was holding the battery close to their face when it exploded.

Do I have a Lithium-Ion Battery Explosion Lawsuit?

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting lithium-ion battery explosion induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been injured or burned, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Product Liability Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

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