June 22, 2016 — A man from Albany, New York who was severely injured by an exploding e-cigarette has filed a lawsuit, according to WNYT.
The man, Kenneth Barbero, said, “It was like an M-80 went off in my mouth.” It ripped a hole in his tongue, several teeth were knocked out, and his hands were burned.
eCigOne has compiled a list of 173 e-cigarette explosions reported in the news since 2009.
Many more incidents never made the news. The list only includes one incident in Seattle, but the Seattle Times says 14 people in the city have been treated or hospitalized for e-cigarette explosions at Harborview Medical Center since October 2015.
According to Dr. Elisha Brownson, a burn and critical-care fellow at Harborview:
“The prevalence of these injuries is not decreasing. We were seeing one a month. Since March, we’ve seen at least two a month.”
The number of lawsuits involving e-cigarette explosions has increased dramatically in recent months. One lawyer in St. Louis has filed lawsuits on behalf of 15 clients, including a 2 year-old boy who was burned when his mother’s e-cigarette exploded.
Last year, a jury in California awarded $1.9 million to Jennifer Ries, a woman who suffered 2nd-degree burns on her legs and hands after her VapCig exploded on her car charger.
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