Injuries from Laptop Lithium Battery Fires and Explosions
Personal Injury Lawyer Handling Laptop Lithium Battery Fires
Lithium battery fires and explosions are still happening throughout the
world. These batteries are present in your laptop, notebook, and cell
phone. These cases have even occurred on airplanes. One day a lithium
battery will explode on an airplane (or catch on fire), and the airplane
will crash. Until then, there will be no laws or regulations concerning
the use of lithium batteries. Right now, the head attorney of our firm
is handling a case of an elderly man that was rescued from a fire that
was allegedly caused by the laptop. Sadly the man died only a few days
later due to his injuries, and we are representing the victim’s
family and seek compensation from all who we deem responsible for the
fire and his death.
Nowadays, electronic devices are part of our daily lives and we bring them
with us almost everywhere we go. This is part of modern day living, but
an unexpected consequence of our beloved devices is that they have the
potential of overheating, exploding, and starting disastrous fires.
The cause of devices such as laptops, cell phones, tablets, watches, and
cameras exploding or burning is due to their lithium batteries. You can
do a Google search for lithium battery fires and explosions and actually
see them happening if you search for videos. There are two main types
of lithium batteries. One is a lithium metal, which is disposable. The
other is lithium-ion, which is rechargeable. Both pose the same danger
of igniting and/or exploding. Lithium batteries can overheat and go into
what is known as a thermal runway, which is when one lithium cell increases
in temperature and causes a chain reaction of heat within the battery,
potentially resulting in a fire or explosion. There have been at least
eight deaths reported worldwide due to lithium battery fires or explosions.
This new age risk has become problematic on airlines. There have been battery
incidents on airplanes due to the number of batteries brought on board
by passengers. According to BBC News, an average plane carrying 100 passengers
can total 500 lithium batteries on the plane. The increased risk has lead
airlines to train their employees on how to put out lithium battery fires.
There are some ways to reduce the risk of a battery blow up on an airplane
but it doesn’t fully eliminate the risk. A few of the measures you
can take is to avoid placing them near other metallic objects, place any
spare batteries in a plastic bag, and do not buy cheap versions of lithium
If a lithium battery fire ever occurs, it must be put out with water, halon,
or halon replacement. Halon is a clean agent that evaporates completely
without any residue. Once the fire is extinguished, the remaining lithium
cells in the battery must be cooled to stop the thermal runway. This should
be done by pouring water over the battery. Do not use ice or cover the
battery because this will actually trap heat and cause the thermal runway
to continue. Also, just because the fire has been put out doesn’t
mean you should try to pick up the device. By doing that, you and anyone
around could become seriously injured.
Contact us for your Free Consultation
You need an experienced attorney to handle you lithium battery accident
case, but we only handle these cases which involve catastrophic physical
injury, death, or property damage exceeding one million dollars. These
cases are very expensive, and in most cases, our law firm is required
to finance them.
Dan Cytryn has been helping personal injury victims for more than 36 years
and has court room experience, having handled more than 100 jury trials
and close to 50 appeals.
If you or someone you know is suffering from catastrophic injuries due
to a lithium battery fire, call our office now toll free at
(954) 833-1440 for your