Evan Spahlinger was afraid that he was going to lose half of his face when
the battery portion of his e-cigarette exploded like a pipe bomb while
he was using it. Kept in a medically induced coma while he recovered in
the burn unit of Kendall Regional Medical Center, Evan’s face, throat,
esophagus, and lungs suffered severe and painful burns that nearly cost
him his life. Four months after the horrifying accident, Evan has made
a remarkable recovery, and is now warning others that e-cigarettes really
are not as safe as they are advertised to be.
CBS Miami has posted a new video of this exclusive story.
While many people recognize the danger of these unregulated devices, there
are still some who are saying that Spahlinger is at fault for the accident
due to mishandling of the device. According to Spahlinger and his attorneys
John J. Uustal and
Catherine C. Darlson, the device was used as intended and malfunctioned without any warning.
Kelley/Uustal has filed a lawsuit on Spahlinger’s behalf alleging
negligence on the part of the device manufacturer and the shop who sold
it to him. The lawsuit claims that the e-cigarette model Spahlinger used
has a dangerous design flaw that allows trapped heat to build up within
the device. This lack of ventilation is what caused the battery to overheat
and explode, sending battery acid and flames into Spahlinger’s face
and mouth. Furthermore, the suit alleges that the “vape shop”
where the device was purchased did not provide any warnings that the product
had the potential to be dangerous.
As long as e-cigarettes remain unregulated, more people are in danger of
getting hurt. Already, there have been dozens of reports of e-cigarette
fires and explosions in recent years, many of which occur while the lithium
ion battery is charging.
Visit the link above to view a preview of the CBS exclusive “Burned
by an E-Cig.” Check back with Kelley/Uustal’s blog for regular
updates on the Spahlinger case.