Any energy storage device carries a risk. With millions of people using cell phones powered by lithium-based batteries, it’s no surprise that injuries caused by defective cell phone batteries are becoming more common.
A fundamental concept of tort law states that a party who sells any product in a defective condition unreasonably dangerous to the user or consumer or to his property is subject to liability for physical harm caused to the ultimate user or consumer.
Most cell phone batteries are Lithium-ion (Li-Ion) batteries, which can present several potentially hazardous dangers. Small in size, lithium-based batteries contain a large amount of energy in a small package. As a result of this fact and their complex circuitry, Lithium-ion batteries are fragile. A severe impact from dropping a phone can cause damage, while immersing the phone in close contact with water may short-circuit the battery. Placing a phone’s battery in close proximity to metal objects can also interfere with the battery’s circuitry.
Consumers have reported fires caused by cell phone batteries, but more common reports of dangers involve overheating and the presence of bacteria. When cell phone batteries overheat, they have the potential to explode. Usually, this is caused by the use of a defective or “knock-off” false battery. Thus, using a battery recommended by the cell phone manufacturer greatly diminishes any danger of overheating.
Battery explosions and fires are often the result of a manufacturing defect. With the Samsung Galaxy Note recall, the exploding phones were blamed on two parts of the battery that should not have been in contact touching each other.
If you have been injured as a result of a cell phone battery, having lawyers who are experienced with products liability litigation is essential. At Bonina and Bonina, P.C. we have been representing those injured by dangerous and defective products for over 50 years. Our firm has represented New Yorkers injured by dangerous or defective products, including:
- Exploding hairdryers, snow blowers and glass products;
- Defective automobiles;
- Unsafe toys;
- Unsafe unguarded machinery; and
- Defective equipment;
At Bonina and Bonina, P.C., we have been successfully fighting for injured New York workers for over 50 years. Our attorneys have the knowledge, experience and determination to hold negligent owners and contractors responsible, and to get the maximum compensation for your injuries. Contact us today at 1-888-MedLaw1 (888-633-5291) or online so we can help you. The consultation is free.