Can I Sue for Damage/Injuries Caused by a Lithium-Ion Battery Fire? By Foley Law Firm on March 27, 2024

doctor wrapping a patient’s hand with gauzeLithium-ion batteries are rechargeable batteries commonly found in many everyday household appliances and devices, including vacuums, electric cars, smartphones, tablets, and laptops. While many lithium-ion batteries work without problems, they are known to explode and start fires. 

Those who are injured in a lithium-ion battery fire may be entitled to compensation for their injuries and other damages. Seeking damages through a product liability lawsuit can help hold manufacturers or other parties responsible for defective lithium-ion batteries. 

The product liability attorneys of Foley Law Firm serve Scranton, PA, Stroudsburg, PA, and Wilkes-Barre, PA, and can review the details of your claim to help determine whether suing for damages suffered by a lithium-ion battery fire is the right course of action for you. 

What Causes Lithium-ion Battery Fires?

Lithium-ion batteries can become extremely dangerous if they aren’t properly maintained or defective. Lithium-ion battery fires can be caused by:

  • Overheating
  • Using aftermarket or generic chargers
  • Charging the battery in a power-strip
  • Charging a battery overnight
  • Damaged or unstable batteries
  • Short circuits

The Dangers of Lithium-ion Battery Fires

Lithium-ion battery fires are extremely dangerous because they are difficult to put out and can even reignite days after a fire has been extinguished. Neither water nor fire extinguishers are effective at stopping a lithium-ion battery fire and instead can make things worse. 

Often, the fire from one lithium-ion battery can spread to nearby batteries, further increasing an already dangerous situation. 

Burn injuries can happen when trying to put out a lithium-ion battery fire or trying to escape a fire. When burn injuries are severe, it can lead to significant hospital time and a long recovery and rehabilitation.

Product Liability and Suing for Damages 

When a lithium-ion battery starts a fire due to a defect, it may be grounds for a product liability lawsuit. Product liability lawsuits make it possible to hold a manufacturer or seller liable for allowing defective products to be sold to consumers. 

When seeking damages for injuries caused by a defective lithium-ion battery, it may be possible to file a lawsuit against: 

  • The Manufacturer: When defects occur in the manufacturing process of a lithium-ion battery and subsequently result in a fire, the manufacturer may be held liable.
  • The Distributor or Retailer: Companies that sell or distribute defective batteries or fail to provide adequate warnings and instructions may be held liable if a battery defect causes injuries or other damages. 
  • The Battery Designer: A battery that isn’t properly designed may be prone to overheating and igniting. Battery designers may be sued when a defective design causes injuries.

What Types of Damages Can Be Recovered?

By suing a liable party for damages incurred in a lithium-ion battery fire, it may be possible to recover financial compensation for such damages as:

  • Hospital bills
  • Physical therapy and rehabilitation
  • Lost wages
  • Property damage
  • Pain and suffering

Contact the Product Liability Attorneys of Foley Law Firm

If you have been injured in a lithium-ion battery fire, you may be entitled to compensation. To learn more about your options for recovering damages, schedule a consultation with the product liability attorneys of Foley Law Firm. 

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