Electronic cigarettes leading cause of burn cases in a Seattle hospital

A new study conducted by the New England Journal of Medicine showed that 15 of the burn cases at the University of Washington Medicine Regional Burn Center in Seattle occurred as a result of electronic cigarettes or vaporizers. These alternatives to cigarettes use a lithium-ion battery to heat liquid that is then inhaled in aerosol form.

80% of the injured patients suffered flame burns while 33% of them had chemical burns from the alkali elements in the exploding batteries.

Some victims reported becomng disfigured or losing some functionality in their limbs, teeth, and portions of their soft tissue, which includes skin, ligaments, fat, and tendons.

The United States Food and Drug Administration categorizes e-cigarettes and other vaping paraphernalia as tobacco products. However, the agency gave no indication that they would regulate these products anytime soon.

If you or a loved one have been harmed by a product that was poorly manufactured, contact an attorney at Wilson & McQueen, PLLC today by calling (800) 953-2373.