A 25-year-old woman in Washington State has filed a personal injury lawsuit over severe burn injuries she suffered in an e-cigarette explosion. According to a KIRO7 news report, on the day of the incident, Galdarisi Thomas was vaping as she walked to her van. Then, she got in the driver’s seat and set the vape pen down on her lap. As she started to back up, the device exploded. Her fiancé, who was in the passenger seat, put the vehicle in park and ran around to pull Thomas out of the car. A friend’s daughter was sitting in the back of the van.
Injuries and Long-Term Effects
Thomas recalls that the explosion was like a firecracker. The burning device went down her legs and landed on the floorboards of the vehicle. She was transported to a local hospital and then transferred to the burn unit where she was hospitalized for two weeks and said she went through several “painful procedures.”
Thomas also said she is scarred and will need skin grafts in the future. She is suing the device’s manufacturer and the stores where she bought the e-cigarette, supplies and batteries. Thomas says the incident has left her with long-term effects. She says she couldn’t even enjoy the Fourth of July because of the fireworks, the noises and just the sound.
There have been a number of cases nationwide where e-cigarette batteries have been linked to explosions that have caused catastrophic burn injuries, facial injuries and broken bones. Earlier this year, an e-cigarette explosion proved fatal in Texas. In May 2018, a man was killed in a Florida house fire, which investigators say, was sparked by a lithium-ion battery that exploded in a vape. Our law firm is representing individuals who have been seriously burned and scarred by e-cigarettes that exploded.
If You Have Been Injured
If you or a loved one has been injured in a vaping or e-cigarette explosion, you may be able to seek compensation from several parties including the manufacturer, store that sold the device, the manufacturer/seller of the e-cigarette battery, and others whom an experienced e-cigarette explosion injury lawyer will be able to identify. Victims of these incidents may be able to seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost income, cost of rehabilitative surgery such as skin grafts, expenses related to psychological counseling, pain and suffering and emotional distress.