Batteries are used in some consumer products, including phones, laptops, watches, remote controls and children’s toys. They pose different safety hazards from product to product, but the most common concerns are overheating and fires.
In the majority of cases, a battery explosion takes place due to overheating. Nevertheless, explosions may also be attributed to other causes, such as a chemical combustion or combustion related to nearby electrical components. Battery explosion may lead to burns, chemical burns, scarring, disfigurement and other similar conditions.
Children under the age of 4 are at the highest risk of swallowing a lithium battery which may cause burns and other serious injuries several hours after consumption.
Battery explosions and battery accidents can occur in products such as:
- Cell phones
- Vaporizing devices
- Electronic skateboards
Oftentimes, rechargeable batteries can be involved in explosions because they are reused several times before being discarded. This increases the chances of overheating or chemical issues.
In some cases, it may be necessary to determine which party is liable for the injury. The explosion can be attributed to a failure of the product due to design and manufacturing deficiencies. The manufacturer of the battery can also be held liable for the explosion and the resulting injuries. Product defects can occur in many ways, such as a design defect, a manufacturing defect or a warning label defect. Other parties, such as a distributor or a seller, can also be held liable if they sold a product knowing that it had a dangerous or defective battery installed in it.
If you or a family member was injured due to a defective battery, do not hesitate to contact our attorney, who has over 20 years of experience with product liability cases. He will promptly review your case free of charge and determine the amount of compensation you are eligible for receiving.