Lithium-ion Battery Injury Attorneys

Lithium-ion batteries can be found in a variety of everyday technology, from smartphones to electric cars to medical devices.

But when batteries are poorly manufactured or defective, they can overheat, causing them to catch fire or even explode, resulting in injury or even death to their users. If you or a loved one has been severely injured by a device using this type of battery, you may have a right to compensation. Learn more about lithium-ion batteries, their potential dangers, and what to do if you are injured by one.

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What Are Lithium-ion Batteries?

A lithium-ion battery is a type of rechargeable battery that uses lithium ions as the primary component for its operation. Lithium-ion batteries are popular due to their high energy density, which means they can store a significant amount of energy in a relatively small and lightweight package. They can also hold their charge for longer periods when not in use, more so than other rechargeable batteries.

What Are Common Uses for Lithium-ion Batteries?

Lithium-ion batteries are used in a variety of electronic devices, including:

  • Smartphones, laptops & tablets
  • Smartwatches and fitness trackers
  • Vapes and electronic cigarettes
  • Medical devices, such as pacemakers or glucose-monitoring readers
  • Electric or hybrid vehicles, such as cars, e-bikes, scooters, or hoverboards
  • Portable gaming devices such as the Nintendo Switch
  • Digital cameras
  • Drones
  • External battery packs

In most cases, lithium-ion batteries are safe. Nevertheless, it’s important to follow the care and use instructions outlined in the owner’s manual. Common care instructions include not exposing devices with these batteries to high temperatures, avoiding physical damage to the battery, and not overcharging the battery.

Can Lithium-ion Batteries Explode?

Yes, and we’ve written an entire blog post about why they explode and what to do if it happens to you or a loved one. Lithium-ion batteries can explode due to overheating, battery fluid leakage, and/or manufacturing defects.

In recent years, there have been several high-profile incidents involving lithium-ion battery fires. In 2016, Samsung recalled millions of Galaxy Note 7 smartphones due to reports of battery fires. Similarly, in 2018, a Tesla Model S caught fire in California after a crash, and in 2019, a Tesla Model 3 caught fire in a parking lot in Shanghai.

I Have Been Severely Injured by a Lithium-ion Battery. Do I Have a Case?

If you or a loved one has been catastrophically injured by a device using this type of battery, you may have a right to compensation. At Pope McGlamry, we accept cases on a contingency basis, meaning clients don’t pay anything upfront and gain immediate access to legal protection.

Pope McGlamry is a nationally recognized class action and personal injury litigation firm based in Atlanta, Georgia. We’re known for effective, aggressive counsel in catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death litigation, and we have the resources to take on large corporations. Our tight focus allows us to give more time to a select few cases, helping us achieve better outcomes for our clients.

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Even when consumers take safety precautions when using lithium-ion batteries, disaster can strike. Pope McGlamry can help; fill out the form below for a free consultation.

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