Lawsuit: Man Claims E-Cigarette Exploded

Lawsuit: Man Claims E-Cigarette Exploded


CRITICAL CONDITION. BROOK SILVA-BRAGA, FOR CBS NEWS COLUMBUS.>>>NEW AT 11, THIS LOCAL MAN HAS A PAINFUL STORY TO TELL. THESE PICTURES SHOWS THE BURNS LEFT BEHIND AFTER HIS E CIGARETTE EXPLODED. NOW HE’S SUING. ERIK SANDOVAL IS LIVE WITH A PAINFUL STORY. THAT LOOKS AWFUL.>>Reporter: YEAH, IT REALLY DOES LOOK HERBAL THE. JAMES IS THIS MAN’S NAME. WE FOUND OUT HE HAD JUST GOTTEN TO THIS TIRE SHOP TO WORK HERE JUST AFTER CHRISTMAS LAST YEAR WHEN THIS E CIGARETTE EXPLODED IN HIS RIGHT FRONT POCKET. TONIGHT WE FOUND OUT HIS ATTORNEYS ARE NOT ONLY GOING AFTER THE STORE THAT SOLD IT TO HIM, BUT THE DISTRIBUTORS AS WELL. TAKE A LOOK AT HIS RIGHT LEG. YOU CAN SEE WHERE THEY PATCHED IT UP AFTER HIS E CIGARETTE EXPLODED IN HIS POCKET. WE FOUND OUT IN THIS LAWSUIT FILED IN COURT, THAT HE BOUGHT THAT DEVICE AT THIS VIDEOTAPE STORE NOT FAR FROM HIS HOME IN SEPTEMBER OF LAST YEAR. THE LAWSUIT SAYS HE TOLD THE CLERK HE WANTED TO QUIT SMOKING. SO AT THE CLERK’S ADVICE, HE BOUGHT THIS. IT IS A KANKER SUE BOX MINI BLACK EDITION. HE USED THIS DEVICE FOR THREE MONTHS AND THEN IN LATE DECEMBER, HE GOT HERE TO WORK AND THE CIGARETTE EXPLODED IN IS H RIGHT FRONT POCKET. HE CLAIMS NOT ONLY WAS HIS LEG INJURED, HIS HANDS WERE BADDY BURNED AS WELL. HIS INDEX FINGER APPEARS TO HAVE LOST A FULL LAYER OF SKIN AROUND IT. WE GOT A HOLD OF THIS PICTURE HIS ATTORNEY SAYS IS THE E CIGARETTE BATTERY AFTER THE EXPLOSION. YOU CAN SEE, IT’S CHARRED. TONIGHT NEWS 6 JUST FOUND OUT HE IS NOT ALONE. IN FACTORS SEVERAL PEOPLE WHO HAVE USED SIMILAR DEVICES WITH SIMILAR BATTERIES HAVE REPORTED EXPLOSIONS JUST LIKE HIS. WE FOUND OUT MANY OF THEM FILED LAWSUITS. SOME OF THEM AGAINST THE SAME COMPANY THAT DISTRIBUTED HIS. A COMPANY BASED IN GEORGIA. TONIGHT HIS ATTORNEYS ARE SUING THEM AND THE STORE IN DELTONA, CLAIMING BOTH WERE NEGLIGENT IN SELLING WHAT THEY CALL A DEFECTIVE PRODUCT.>>>NOW I CONTACTED BOTH THE STORE IN DELTONA TONIGHT AND THE DISTRIBUTOR UP IN GEORGIA. NEITHER ONE OF THEM HAVE RETURNED MY CALLS TAKING A COMMENT ON THIS. HE’S SEEKING DAMAGES ON THIS AND WE CAN ONLY WAIT TO SEE WHAT THE COURTS DECIDE WHEN IT FINALLY MAKES ITS WAY TO TRIAL.

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