For decades now, the link between cigarettes and lung cancer has been publicly recognized, and the rate of smoking has dramatically decreased since the information became publicly available. However, alternative nicotine intake systems such as vaporizers and e-cigarettes are becoming more popular. They are successfully marketed as less toxic, “cleaner,” alternatives to cigarettes.
Although they are highly touted as safe recreation, there have been many stories in the past few years of users of e-cigarettes and vaporizers being injured by the product which can overheat or explode under certain conditions, causing fires, property damage, burns, and disfigurement.
Just recently, in Idaho, a vaporizer user, Andrew Hall, suffered shocking and severe injuries when his device blew up in his face. He was getting ready for work when the e-cigarette exploded, giving him second-degree burns on his face and around his mouth.
He was rushed to the local hospital, where “doctors had to remove chunks of plastic, teeth and another object from his mouth, throat, and lips.” In addition to the burns and lacerations from embedded plastic, Hall lost seven of his teeth from the force of the explosion.
Hall, who is a father, posted the incident to Facebook to try and educate others about the incident and the hidden dangers of e-cigarettes. He showed pictures of his face and the extensive damage of the injuries. He also posted footage of the room in which the explosion occurred, a bathroom, with scorch marks on the ceiling and blood in the broken sink.
From his hospital bed, Hall captioned the Facebook pictures with an explanation, writing “I did not do anything I wasn't supposed to (battery was in right, always had the shop put it together when I first bought it and add things and maintenance it the right way while taking their advice) but it exploded in my face.”
Hall added that he was quitting the practice of “vaping” since the accident and was encouraging others to do so as well. His post was shared over 400,000 times, contributing to the growing realization of the dangers associated with these devices.
Vaporizer injuries often affect the face and mouth and can be severe as “catastrophic injuries similar to those you would experience if you were shot in the face by a gun,” according to a Welsh plastic surgeon. Serious injuries from these kinds of accidents require skin grafts and/or surgery to reduce facial disfigurement.
If you have been hurt in an accident or from a dangerous product such as a defective vaporizer or e-cigarette, you may be able to recover financial compensation for your injuries and suffering. The Law Firm of Jeremy Rosenthal fights to protect Colorado consumers from corporations which may care more for profit than for the safety of their customers. Call the office today at (303) 825-2223 for a free review of your case, or contact us online.