Vapor Pens Blowing Up in People’s Faces?
Many people use vapor pens to curb cravings when they can’t smoke or want to stop smoking cigarettes. The pens are about the size of a standard pen but can also be as large as a cigar. They contain glycol or vegetable glycerin that can be inhaled and blown out as vapor. The vapor is often flavored. “Vaping” is becoming increasingly popular with the younger generation.
Vapor pens or e-cigarettes use batteries to generate heat and form the vapor. However, these batteries can short circuit and explode, leading to BURN INJURIES across the hands, face, and torso. In some instances, they’ve even exploded in people’s pockets. One victim compared it to a firecracker going off, with sparks flying everywhere. In fact, the explosion can be so violent that it can not only cause burn injuries, but it can also knock out teeth, break fingers and noses, and even break vertebrae from making the victim’s head fly backwards. More and more hospitals are seeing these injuries as the number of people vaping increases.
There haven’t been any deaths recorded from the vapor pens, but there have been plenty of injuries. Officials estimate it could be in the hundreds per year, and the explosions have become so prevalent that airlines have banned vapor pens on planes. Even worse, the victim is likely to have a chemical burn on top of the heat burn because of what is inside the batteries. This can cause permanent pain and scarring and lead to missed days of work, a loss of income, expensive hospital bills, plastic surgery to reconstruct facial features, and years of rehabilitation.
If you or your family members were hurt by a vapor pen, reach out to the Phoenix burn injury attorneys here at Breyer Law Offices, P.C., as soon as you can. Injury cases often have a statute of limitations (deadline) by which to file your claim. We will review the facts of your case for free and determine whether you have a claim. The vapor pen manufacturer or dealer might be liable for your hospital bills and lost income.