E-Cigarettes Posing Continuing Danger to Users and Others
The potential harm of using e-cigarettes is in the headlines on a regular basis these days. The main harm is not the potential for adverse health effects, but what can happen if an e-cigarette malfunctions and blows up on a user.
In Indiana the police were called to the scene of a wrecked semi-truck that took just under three hours to clean up. According to the police who arrived on the scene, the cause of the wreck was an exploding e-cigarette. The reports are that the driver was using the e-cigarette when it exploded in his face, caused him to lose control of his truck and swerve onto the ditch next to the road.
Fortunately for this driver and others on the road, no one was seriously injured as a result of the crash. The driver himself is reported to have sustained injuries to his face and hands because of the exploding e-cigarette. Of course, in different circumstances this could have ended badly, even tragically, for more people.
California Teen Allegedly Injured From E-Cigarette
Another report out of California alleges that a teen’s leg was badly burned after an e-cigarette exploded in his pocket. According to the witness to the event, the e-cigarette left a large black circle on the teen’s pants, and the cigarette went off like a bottle rocket, injuring the teen. Stories like these should be cause for concern among users of e-cigarettes, but they should also put the e-cigarette industry on notice.
These are not the first reports of these new smoking devices causing injury to their users. In fact, the stories about the dangers of these devices continues to build. Even though this industry has benefited from little regulation in the way of restricting who can use this product, the manufacturers, distributors, and retailers of e-cigarettes all owe a duty to their consuming public to provide a safe product.
Product Liability Laws
Florida law protects the consumer from dangerous, harmful, and risky products. When an industry introduces a product that causes injury, every player in the chain of commerce will be held accountable for the damages they cause. Nowhere is this protection more necessary than when new products hit the market and have not gone through extensive testing on safety. That is the case here where the policy makers are debating what regulations, if any, should be brought to bear against the e-cigarette manufacturers for their product.
In the Panama City area The Pittman Firm is dedicated to protecting the rights of consumers when it comes to product liability laws. Our firm has the experience and qualifications to bring a case against every size of company for the faulty products they cause to be introduced to the consuming public. Dangerous products can result in serious injury or even death. That is why you need an advocate. If you have been injured by a faulty product, contact us. We look forward to talking with you about your case and giving you the legal counsel you need.
See related blog posts: Careful What You Shop For; Defective Medical Devices and Strict Liability.