Injury Compensation News

Compensation Sought for E-Cigarette Fire

April 5, 2016

A man has begun legal action seeking compensation for burns he sustained after the battery of his e-cigarette caught fire in his pocket.

The man, Colin Crow from Levenshulme in Manchester, was out with his friends in Sheffield ion the 30th January when the accident occurred. The thirty-two year-old had kept his e-cigarette in the pocket of his jeans, but suddenly the e-cigarette exploded, leading eye-witnesses to believe that a firework had been lit.

First aid was administered by the staff and an ambulance brought Colin to the Norther General Hospital in Sheffield. There, Colin was transferred to the burns unit and was treated for burns to his left thigh, knee, calf and hand, which had been injured as Colin tried to extinguish the fire.

Colin, an economic consultant, was unable to return to work because of his injuries. He suffered a temporary loss of movement for a period after the accident, and Colin still walks with pain. Whilst recovering, Colin sought legal counsel concerning compensation for his injuries.

Though any lithium battery has the potential to explode because of overheating, the risk is substantially increased if the quality of the battery is low. Should it be proved that the battery sold to Colin did pose a risk to him when it was sold, he may claim compensation under the Consumer Protection Act 2987 or the Consumer Rights Act 2015.

Speaking to Manchester Evening News, Colin’s solicitor has commented that  “This is the latest is a series of incidents in which e-cigarettes have caused extensive burns after exploding in people’s pockets and it is clear that an urgent investigation is needed to determine if more should be done to protect the users. We are now investigating exactly what caused his device to explode as we seek to help him overcome what happened”.

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