In our world lithium-ion batteries have become a source of power, for various devices like smartphones, laptops, electric cars and other electronic gadgets. While these batteries are known for their energy density and long lifespan, improper handling might put your safety at risk.  In recent years, New York has witnessed a series of lithium-ion battery fires that resulted in serious injuries and property damage.

Lithium-ion battery fires can have serious consequences, including burns, smoke inhalation, and property damage. These batteries frequently burn fast and are known to spit out white sparks as they begin to do so. flames caused by lithium-ion batteries have a white or blue flame and burn more intensely than conventional flames. As a result of the battery's chemical composition, fire victims are exposed to toxic smoke, which can seriously harm their lungs and respiratory system. Once a fire has started, it is exceedingly difficult to put out the flames, necessitating the use of specialized firefighting equipment such as dry powder extinguishers. Lithium's chemical composition means that a fire may even rekindle spontaneously even after it appears to be out. If you have a lithium-ion battery fire, it's crucial that you contact your local fire department.

With the surge in popularity of lithium-powered goods comes an increase in risk. In 2016, an e-cigarette exploded in the face of a Brooklyn teenager leaving him permanently scarred. The 14-year-old's eyes were struck by shrapnel from the lithium-ion battery-operated vaping equipment, causing blindness at least one eye. The teen's face, head, and neck all sustained second-degree burns as a result of the explosion's severity. The Institute for Energy Research reports that there were 108 lithium battery fires in 2023 alone, resulting in 66 injuries and 13 fatalities. The deadliest incident of the year was a faulty lithium battery that caught fire and killed four people at an e-bike shop. Due to the fire's fast outbreak, all four fatalities had virtually no opportunity to escape the danger. Since then, the Fire Department of New York has advised against using e-bikes and other devices using lithium batteries.

Lithium-ion battery fires can result in terrible consequences, including burns, smoke inhalation, and property damage. It's crucial to get medical attention immediately and contact a reputable personal injury law firm as soon as possible if you or a loved one has been wounded in a lithium-ion battery fire. Lithium-ion battery fires can be caused by a number of factors, including as faulty design, manufacturing flaws, and user error. 

Contact an experienced law firm

An experienced attorney can look into what started the fire and identify the parties accountable for your injuries. At the Licatesi Law Group we understand how catastrophic these incidents can be and can assist you in receiving the compensation you deserve for your damages. For a free consultation, contact us today at (516) 227-2662.