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Cell Phone Batteries and Personal Injury

Cell phones have been very much in the news these days, and it hasn’t been about the latest technology update. Samsung phones have been exploding, causing property damage and injuries and forcing the manufacturer and several cell phone carriers to pull them from the shelves. Though Samsung is getting most of the attention these days, the issue of exploding cell phone batteries and lithium batteries is hardly new. The lithium ion batteries that power many of our electronics are marvels of engineering, but they also have the potential to generate an enormous amount of power, and when something goes wrong it can have serious consequences. If you have suffered an injury as a result of an exploding cell phone battery, laptop battery or other incident involving one of these high-energy devices, the experienced lawyers at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers can help.

Lithium batteries are used in cell phones, e-cigarettes, laptops and other electronics specifically because they are so versatile. The technology that was used to create them allows them to be created in a variety of shapes: they are also extremely lightweight, while providing an enormous amount of power. We value them because they give us so many hours of use for the devices that we rely on so heavily. Unfortunately, the design and manufacturing process has turned out to be far from perfect, and there have been several instances of people suffering severe injuries when their cell phone batteries exploded. Some examples include:

  • A cell phone battery that was less than one-year old that exploded while the user had left her phone sitting face up on a side table next to her bed. The phone was not charging when it exploded. Though the woman was not injured, the explosion caused her mattress and bedding to burn.
  • A man in Vancouver, Canada was killed when he left his laptop on a couch to charge overnight. The battery caused a fire that resulted in the fatality.
  • A man in South Korea had a spare battery for his cell phone in a pocket when it burst into flame, causing him severe burns.
  • The U.S. Fire Administration has reported that e-cigarettes that contain lithium batteries can burst into flame and have caused serious injuries, including burns, loss of teeth, and in one case a consumer lost their tongue.

Airlines have begun to prohibit lithium batteries within their cabins specifically to protect their aircraft and passengers from the risk of injury. When a cell phone battery explodes and causes harm, it may be a result of a defective design or a problem in the manufacturing process. Both of these are issues of product liability, and the manufacturer or designer can be held legally responsible for the damage that ensues. If you or someone you love has suffered a cell phone battery injury or an injury caused by a lithium battery, call the experienced product liability attorneys at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers today. We are dedicated to getting personal injury victims the compensation that they need and deserve.


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