Battery explosions occur when a battery product or battery pack combusts, causing injury, property damage, and other issues. In most cases, a battery explosion occurs due to overheating. However, other explosions may be attributed to other causes, such as a chemical combustion, or combustion related to nearby electrical components.
Battery explosion injuries can be serious and may lead to burns, chemical burns, scarring, disfigurement, and other similar conditions. Battery explosions and battery accidents can occur in relation to products such as:
- Cell phones
- Vaporizing (vape) devices
- Hoverboards or electronic skateboards
- Larger products such as electronic vehicles
In many cases, rechargeable batteries can frequently be involved in an explosion incident, due to the fact that they are reused several times before being discarded. This increases the chance of overheating or chemical issues. Battery explosions are also a leading cause of major property damage from a resulting fire.
Battery explosions can cause severe injuries and major property damage. In some cases, it may be necessary to determine which party is liable for such losses. In many instances, an explosion can be attributed to some sort of product defect. The manufacturer of the battery can also be held liable for the explosion and resulting injuries. Product defects can occur in many ways, such as a design defect, manufacturing defect, or warning label defect.
Other parties can also be held liable for a battery accident. For instance, a distributor or seller of a product can be held liable if they sold a product knowing that it had a dangerous or defective battery product installed in it. An example of this is where a car dealer sold a customer an electric car knowing that the car had a defective battery.
Battery explosion injuries may often require legal action to fully resolve. In such lawsuits, the injured party may be awarded legal damages to compensate them for their losses. The damages award can cover losses like hospital bills, medication expenses, reconstructive surgery, property damage costs, and other losses.
In cases where a single type of battery product has affected large sections of the population, a recall may be needed. Also, some battery explosion issues may be remedied through a large class action lawsuit or settlement.
Battery explosions can be very dangerous and may lead to severe injuries. It may be in your best interests to hire a personal injury lawyer in your area if you need any assistance with an injury claim. Your attorney can provide you with legal guidance and representation during the process. Injury laws will vary by state, but your attorney can provide you with research to determine what types of options may be available to you.