E-cigarettes are popular among Missouri residents and others around the nation. They are particularly appealing to youth and younger adults. Many individuals begin using these electronic devices to cut down on their tobacco usage. However, using electronic cigarettes can be hazardous because some explosions have occurred while being used. In fact, a young man in another state died earlier this year after his e-cigarette exploded and ignited.
According to reports, a 24-year-old man had asked for assistance at a local vaping shop regarding the e-cigarette model he owned. The shop manager had informed the man the model was not available at the establishment. The man evidently left the shop and began using his device in his vehicle. The manager of shop made an emergency call when he witnessed that the man was in distress.
The man had collapsed in the parking lot after getting out of his car. He was transported to a local hospital after first responders arrived on the scene. He passed away two days after being put into a medically-induced coma at the medical facility.
Apparently, the man suffered a stroke after a part of the e-cigarette had severed his carotid artery. In 2018, a similar explosion resulted in the death of another e-cigarette user. That explosion propelled a part of the vaping pen into the victim's head, then started a fire in his home. Other explosions have caused severe burns, loss of teeth and numerous fires.
When explosions such as these claim the lives of loved ones, one should consider if there were defects in the products being used. Survivors may decide to file wrongful death claims against the manufacturers of the devices should faulty manufacturing be suspected. A Missouri personal injury lawyer can help families throughout the entire legal process. Successful litigation could provide family members with compensation for funeral expenses or award additional damages for lost earnings, pain and grief.