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SONOMA COUNTY: Jason Clar Injured In E-cigarette Explosion Accident After Battery Exploded In His Pocket

Apr 29, 2019

Jason Clar Sonoma County: 42-Year-Old Man Identified As Jason Clar Seriously Injured In E-cigarette Explosion Accident

SONOMA COUNTY, CALIFORNIA (April 29, 2019) – A Sonoma County construction worker identified as Jason Clar was seriously injured when an e-cigarette battery exploded in his pocket. 

Jason Clar was wearing thick construction pants at the time of the accident. The explosion ripped a hole in those pants and caused serious damage to the back of his leg. 

He was rushed to the emergency room in order to receive skin grafts. Jason Clar told reporters that he is inconstant pain and not sure when he will be able to work or ride his motorcycle again. 

An investigation into the cause of the accident that injured the construction worker remains ongoing at this point. 

What Causes E-cigarette Batteries To Explode

According to data released by the Food and Drug Administration, there have been an estimated 2,035 people hospitalized in e-cigarette explosions from 2015-2017. A number of people have died from their injuries. Based on another report from the (FDA), “The exact causes of such incidents are not yet clear, but some evidence suggests that battery-related issues may lead to vape explosions.” While the FDA has not endorsed “vaping,” they have put forward suggestions on how to smoke these devises safely. 


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The New England Journal of Medicine says that e-cigarettes remain largely unregulated. Victims of e-cigarette explosions may receive a wide variety of injuries including:

  • Flame burns (80%)
  • Chemical burns (33%)
  • Blast injuries (27%)

Other victims have lost eyes, teeth and in many cases died. Burn injuries are among the most painful types of injuries that a person can receive. Treatment typically includes multiple costly and painful skin grafts. As the number of injuries from e-cigarette explosions has increased so to has the number of lawsuits. Depending on the facts of any case, there may be multiple sources of liability for an e-cigarette explosion. 

Liability In E-cigarette Explosion  Accidents

Most lawsuits involving an e-cigarette explosion will be pursued as product liability claims. According to Soule v. GM Corp, “A manufacturer, distributor, or retailer is liable in tort if a defect in the manufacture or design of its product causes injury while the product is being used in a reasonably foreseeable way.” Generally speaking, product liability claims fall into one of three categories:

  • Design Defects – occurs when a product is inherently unsafe for use.
  • Manufacturing Defects – occurs when there is a flaw in how a product is assembled. 
  • Marketing Defects – occurs when a product is improperly labeled or otherwise has insufficient warnings.

A product liability claim could be pursued against e-cigarette manufacturers under any of these theories. Many consumer safety advocates have spoken out against these devices because the public has not been sufficiently warned to the dangers. A number of explosions take place when the positive terminal of the battery is exposing to the negative terminal. 

Any person that is injured in an e-cigarette explosion accident may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim.  Victims may be able to receive damages for lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. A personal injury attorney can investigate all aspects of your case and let you know what your options are. It doesn’t cost anything to hire an attorney and they only get paid if they successfully resolve your case. There are statute of limitations associated with being able to file a claim, so it’s important to act quickly. 

Getting Help After An E-cigarette Explosion Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to Jason Clar as he continues to recover from this accident. There needs to be some accountability for what has happened. E-cigarette manufacturers need to become transparent about how dangerous these devices can be. They should also take steps to help prevent these accidents in the first place. 

If you or someone that you love has been injured in an e-cigarette explosion you may have legal recourse. Our team  of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you have about your rights. We are deeply committed to making sure that accident victims get the medical and financial support that they need to fully recover. In fact, we’ve successfully recovered over 1 billion for our deserving clients. Whether you just have questions about your rights or need more information about an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.

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