Battery defect injury attorneys
Lithium ion batteries are one of the most common types of rechargeable batteries in use today. Lithium batteries are used to power so very many of today’s electronic devices, from household items such as digital scales and thermometers to smart phones and watches, laptops and laser pointers for work, as well as implanted medical devices such as pacemakers. The benefit to using lithium ion batteries over alkaline batteries is that they have a significantly longer lifespan.
Lithium is one of the lightest elements and has one of the largest electrochemical potentials which makes it the ideal choice for use in batteries. It can create a lot of power in a very small volume. But, as manufacturers of these batteries continued to improve on their original design in order to produce more power, it resulted in an increased risk of volatility.
Defective lithium ion batteries can explode, resulting in severe burns and other serious injuries. Problems with lithium ion batteries received a lot of media attention in 2016 with reports of Samsung Galaxy 7 smartphones that were exploding. It was such a huge concern that airlines banned the phone from flights, and Samsung finally issued a recall of certain Galaxy 7s in the fall of 2016.
While most lithium ion batteries work well, when they malfunction and cause problems, it’s basically because a part of the battery gets too hot and cannot cool down quickly enough. This leads to a chain reaction that, in turn, generates more and more heat, causing the battery to overheat, catch fire, explode, or melt. This can be the result of a flaw in the design of the product, a manufacturing defect, or negligence on the part of the manufacturer in the way in which the device was tested and/or sold.
According to a report issued by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there have been hundreds of products that have been recalled due to defective lithium ion batteries. Particularly worrisome is the use of these batteries in e-cigs and vaporizers. As more and more smokers have begun to switch to these devices, the number of lithium ion battery-related accidents has increased.
The problem is that, unlike laptops, phones, and other electronics, e-cigarettes are unregulated products, so the packaging on most e-cigs products doesn’t carry a warning to the consumer about the fire and explosion hazards.
The Los Angeles personal injury firm of Gregory Yates, battery defect injury attorney, has handled many personal injury cases involving defective products, including e-cigarettes.
Getting help fast
If you or a family member has been hurt by a defective battery, Greg Yates and his Los Angeles law firm for lithium ion battery injuries, will fight to ensure that you receive the compensation that you deserve for your injuries. Greg Yates is considered to be one of the best attorneys in the L.A. area when it comes to holding all responsible parties accountable for defective products such as an exploding battery.
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