If you have been injured while using an e-cigarette in the past three years, then you may be entitled to make an e-cigarette accident claim. Anyone who has sustained an injury with a device despite following all safety precautions as instructed may be entitled to compensation as a result, if it can be proved that the device manufacturers or retailers were negligent in their duty. This might consist of providing a faulty or unsafe product, or in neglecting to inform the customer of proper safety procedures. At Accident Advice Helpline we are very aware of the growing number of e-cigarette accidents, and are prepared to assist in any valid compensation claims that may arise as a result.
How safe are e-cigarettes?
In recent years, e-cigarettes have become an increasingly popular alternative to smoking, and are often used by those wishing to give up smoking as a stepping-stone to abstinence. E-cigarettes replace tobacco with an e-liquid that may contain nicotine alongside other chemicals such as propylene glycol and glycerine. This is heated to produce a vapour that is inhaled rather than smoked. Because of this, it is believed that e-cigarettes are less harmful to the lungs than regular cigarettes, though this has not yet been conclusively proven. Certainly because the vapour is enclosed and directly inhaled, there is no second-hand smoke and no danger of passive smoking.
The immediate danger of e-cigarettes however has proved to be not so much the effect of the e-liquid being inhaled, but the danger of the device exploding. E-cigarettes use lithium-ion batteries that can explode if faulty or overcharged. The most common cause of this happening is charging your e-cigarette using an adaptor other than the AC adaptor provided. If you plug your e-cigarette into a car adaptor, a phone charger, computer or other similar device, you run the risk of the batteries exploding, which can cause fire as well as serious injuries. E-cigarettes have also been known to overheat while in use and explode in the smoker’s face.
Can I make a claim?
You would not be able to make a compensation claim relating to an e-cigarette accident if you went against the advice you were given, for instance using the wrong kind of charger despite being told not to do so. It is also unlikely that a one-off manufacturing fault could be cause for a compensation claim. However, if you feel you were not given adequate safety instructions on purchasing your e-cigarette, or that it did not come with correct instructions for use, and that your accident could have been avoided if this had been the case, then you may have grounds for compensation.
If you feel you may want to make a claim, call our free, 24-hour helpline to speak to one of our trained advisors about your e-cigarette accident claim. You can reach us on 0800 689 0500 from your land line. They will be able to tell you whether Accident Advice Helpline can take on your case with a good chance of winning a successful claim. If this is so, we can put you in touch with one of our expert lawyers who will take on your case on a strict no win, no fee* basis.
Date Published: May 27, 2015
Author: David Brown