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“The spa services market, which includes massage services, beauty and grooming, and physical fitness, is expected to grow to over 133 billion U.S. dollars by 2027.” Businesses included in the larger “umbrella of the spa market” are hotel spas, massage parlors, and day spas. (2) 

The majority of consumers regularly visit nail salons with tanning beds and facilities offering swimming pools, hot tubs, and saunas. You also get massages and facials, without considering the risks involved.

Common Types of Day Spa Accidents

At a day spa, you face the risk of injury for a number of different types of accidents. This often focuses on activities where cleanliness — especially for if you have a chronic health condition — is concerned.

The most common types of day spa accidents include:

Causes of Day Spa Accidents

The causes of day spa accidents vary based on location, type of facility, and the treatment or activity involved. The most frequent causes of day spa accidents include:

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How to Prevent Spa Accidents

Many people believe they benefit from spa treatments. With few exceptions, day spa accidents are preventable. 

To help consumers minimize the risks of spa accidents, the New York Department of State has the following tips for customers of beauty salons and spas: (7)

Even if you have taken precautions, if you suffer a serious injury from a day spa accident, consider taking legal action.

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Filing a Lawsuit for Day Spa Accidents

After a day spa accident, you need to hire an attorney. Your attorney reviews your case, advises you on your legal options, investigates your claims, and files a lawsuit on your behalf. As necessary, your lawyers represents you in court or negotiates a settlement.

To file a day spa lawsuit, your attorney submits the necessary paperwork to the court clerk in the appropriate county. In New York, a lawsuit must be filed in the county where you or the company you are suing lives, works, or conducts business. It can also be filed in the county where the accident occurred. (11) You must file your claim within three years from the date of the accident, due to New York’s statute of limitations. (12)

After the paperwork has been filed, the court clerk issues a summons to the company being sued. The company is called the defendant. A defendant has approximately 20 days to respond. Once the defendant has responded to the summons, a court date is set. (13)

Compensation Options for Day Spa Accident Lawsuits

Day spa accident lawsuits hopefully result in you getting monetary compensation awards. This compensation may include:

How W&L Can Help

The best possible outcome for your case depends upon your choice of an attorney. Weitz & Luxenberg is a reputable firm and has been in the personal injury litigation practice for almost 40 years. 

Our attorneys are both experienced and compassionate. We take pride in our accomplishments on behalf of our clients and fight to get you the best possible outcome for your case. 

Here is a glimpse of our successes:

Kitchen appliances are not just large electronic tools we use in cooking and storing food — like ovens, refrigerators, and dishwashers. The category also includes smaller appliances such as mixers, food processors, and blenders.

Types of Kitchen Appliance Accidents

Unfortunately, using any of these appliances increases the risk of kitchen accidents. And kitchen appliance accidents can be of several types, each resulting in injuries with the potential to be deadly.

Some of the most common types of kitchen appliance accidents include: (2)

Causes of Kitchen Appliance Accidents

Understanding the reasons for kitchen appliance accidents is a first step in preventing them. Among the several causes are misuse, negligence, and product defects.

Misuse happens when you fail to operate a kitchen appliance safely or according to its written product directions. For example, leaving the kitchen while cooking something on a stovetop. 

Negligence happens when the manufacturer or seller of the kitchen appliance acts in a way disregarding your safety or life. (10) For instance, a manufacturer fails to ensure a product can be operated safely because the directions are poorly written or not included in the packaging. The manufacturer can be held negligent. 

Product defects occur when a product is flawed, meaning it is dangerous for its intended use. This can happen during either its design stage or during the manufacturing process. One example is when a manufacturer produces a pressure cooker with a faulty probe in its base. If it can conduct electricity, it can lead to electric shock. (11)

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Defective Pressure Cookers

Some defects in products can be spotted right away, while others are harder to detect. However, there are similar defects among some kitchen appliances, such as pressure cookers and stovetops.

Some of the common defects in pressure cookers include: (12)

These defects can result in pressure cooker accidents with severe injuries. Some injuries you can suffer include:

The CPSC posts recalls of pressure cookers on its website; some of these notices date as far back as 2006. (13)

Oven and Stovetop Accidents

Other appliances associated with high numbers of injuries are the oven and stovetop. They have also been found to be defective. 

Common oven and stovetop appliance defects include: (14)

The risks for burns and electrical shock are distinctly possible in oven and stovetop accidents. (15) Also, crushing injuries are possible because of tipover accidents, usually involving children.

One CPSC report noted there were 900 injuries treated in emergency rooms from tipover incidents involving appliances during a two-year period. Of those, 42 were fatal. Of the fatalities, 28 involved stoves and ovens. (16) 

Hazardous oven and stovetop safety recalls are issued by manufacturers. Also, many are listed on the CPSC website. For instance, the Sears Kenmore 24-inch electric ranges were recalled in 2015. There was a problem with the heating elements adhering to the cooktop. This posed an electrical shock hazard to the consumer. (17)

How to Prevent Kitchen Appliance Accidents

With these potential hazards in mind, it helps to understand how to prevent kitchen appliance accidents. Here are some things you can do to avoid them: (18) (19) (20)

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Filing a Kitchen Appliance Accident Lawsuit

If you are the victim of a serious kitchen appliance accident, you may find filing a lawsuit is your best legal option.

Kitchen appliance accident legal cases can be very complex, so it is wise to hire an experienced attorney. In fact, the success of your case often hinges upon the attorney you hire. 

You need an attorney who is skilled in personal injury and negligence litigation. You also want someone who is compassionate and dedicated to the best outcome for your case.

Your Weitz & Luxenberg lawyer investigates your claims, and help you file your lawsuit. In New York, your lawsuit must be filed in the county where either you or the company you are suing resides, works, or conducts business. Or in the county where the accident occurred. (21) And it must be filed within three years from the date of the accident. (22)

After your lawyer files the proper paperwork with the court, a summons is issued, and an index number assigned for the case. The summons must then be served on the defendant. It has 20 days to file an answer with the court. Once the defendant answers the summons, a court date is set. (23)

Who Is Liable for Your Injuries?

In a kitchen appliance accident, liability might rest with an installer, maintenance company, or the manufacturer. 

The appliance may have a defect occurring during manufacturing or in the design of the appliance itself. The appliance may have been incorrectly installed. Or maintenance may not have been properly performed. 

If the accident was caused by a gas leak or other utility-related issue, you may be able to file a claim against the utility company.

Compensation Options

Regardless of who exactly is responsible, the best outcome for your case typically involves monetary compensation. A successful case includes getting damages for any the harm done to you. 

The legally responsible party may pay financial compensation for your:

Punitive damages are another type of damages. They may be awarded, although it rarely happens. 

Punitive damages are punishment for the responsible party because their behavior was shockingly bad. For punitive damage awards, you (as the person suing) need to prove the actions of the company you are suing were intentional or willful. (24)

How W&L Can Help

W&L has an experienced team of lawyers for personal injury and negligence cases. If you were harmed by a kitchen appliance, contact us. Let us help you with your legal case.

We have handled many winning cases. These results demonstrate our dedication to achieving the best possible outcomes for our clients. 

Here is a snapshot of our successes:

CO poisoning is a hazard affecting New Yorkers. Due to CO exposure, each year 200 people are hospitalized and 1,800 people visit emergency rooms across the state, New York Health Department records indicate. (2)

What Is Carbon Monoxide (CO) Poisoning?

CO is a colorless, odorless, tasteless, and non-irritating gas contained in fumes from burning fuel. Because this gas is undetectable by human senses, it is referred to as the “silent killer.” (3) (4) 

“Carbon monoxide poisoning is a life-threatening emergency that occurs from inhaling carbon monoxide (CO) fumes,” according to Johns Hopkins Medicine. (5)

“Breathing in carbon monoxide fumes prevents the body from using oxygen properly, which can harm the brain, heart, and other organs,” Hopkins explains. (6)

What Causes Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?

Burning fuel creates carbon monoxide gas. This leads to poisoning. Fuels that can result in carbon monoxide poisoning include: (7)

You can be exposed to carbon monoxide fumes in many ways. The list of possible exposure includes these causes of CO poisoning: (8) (9) (10)

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Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

So how do you know if you may have suffered CO poisoning? There are symptoms.

While carbon monoxide can kill you, a less than lethal dose can also cause brain damage or other complications. (13)

Here are some of the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning: (14)

Legal Options

Suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning may prompt you to explore your legal options. After seeking medical attention, you want to discuss your case with an attorney. A Weitz & Luxenberg lawyer can file a lawsuit on your behalf. 

Your W&L attorney investigate your claims, determines who are the responsible parties, and helps you pursue your best legal options. We can help if the furnace in your house malfunctioned. Or your carbon monoxide detectors failed. And even if you were in a hotel or at a resort and got sick or a loved one died. 

Manufacturers sometimes use fuel in kitchen appliances, furnaces, and other products. This fuel could leak CO fumes into your home, exposing you and your family members to the deadly gas. 

Manufacturers, sellers, and distributors may be held accountable for defective products or faulty designs of products leading to your injuries. 

Likewise, service technicians who work on the appliances in your home should be certified and trained to check for CO leaks and any buildup of the gas. If they are negligent in doing their job, you may be able to hold the service company and its technician responsible. This is also true if you are affected when visiting a hotel or other business.

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Finding a Qualified Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Lawyer

Carbon monoxide poisoning cases involve personal injury and — unfortunately in some cases — wrongful death. These are complex areas of law. It is unlikely you are knowledgeable or qualified enough to pursue your case legally on your own. You need an attorney to navigate you through the legal process.

First and foremost, you want an experienced attorney. Consider an attorney with both knowledge of personal injury law and experience with carbon monoxide poisoning and other environmental hazards and cases. 

Look for an attorney with empathy, who can make a commitment to helping you achieve the best outcome in your case. 

W&L is a nationally recognized personal injury law firm with offices all over the country. We have a team of attorneys possessing years of experience in poisoning, personal injury, and environmental hazards cases. 

We know the law, as our proven track record of successful cases can show. We see our client cases through, from start to finish — always advocating for fair outcomes that are in your best interest.

How W&L Can Help

W&L fights for the optimal outcomes on our client’s behalf. Our record of successful outcomes includes:

What Is a Class Action Complaint?

“A class action is a type of civil lawsuit brought on behalf of many similarly situated people who have been harmed in the same way by the same entity; because they do not have the resources individually to sue the responsible party, they band together in a single case.” (1) 

NewYork-Presbyterian violated its own Notice of Privacy Practices. It was required to: 

What Is the Lawsuit Against NewYork-Presbyterian?

Weitz & Luxenberg is suing New York-Presbyterian Healthcare System, Inc., and The New York and Presbyterian Hospital. Our attorneys believe these companies disclosed confidential patient personally identifiable information and protected health information to third parties. This includes Meta Platforms, Inc. Meta is the parent company of Facebook. (2) (3) (4)

According to our investigations, NewYork-Presbyterian “knowingly configured and implemented a software device known as a Tracking Pixel to collect and transmit” your sensitive and confidential information to other companies.

Potentially thousands of pieces of confidential patient information may have been compromised. The defendants operate a healthcare system across New York state. It consists of 10 hospitals and campuses, with nearly 200 primary and specialty care clinics and medical groups. 

You, like other patients, had no idea the medical system embedded the Facebook Tracking Pixel on its website. You used and trusted this website. You did not know “every click, keystroke, and intimate detail” about your medical treatment was being transmitted to Facebook.

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How Do I File a Complaint Against NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital?

NewYork-Presbyterian is not the first health system to be sued for illegally passing along sensitive medical information. For example, in 2019, there was a class action lawsuit against Partners Healthcare System in Massachusetts. The class action alleged “the health system had violated patients’ privacy and its own policies by installing the Meta Pixel and other tracking tools on its websites.” The case was settled out of court. The health system agreed to pay $18.4 million. (5)

A number of hospital systems across the country have installed a tracking tool on their websites. Many types of confidential patient information is being collected, such as medical conditions, prescriptions, and doctor appointments. Researchers called out the hospitals for their illegal activity, and some made changes. (6)

However, these arrangements between hospital systems and tech companies are on the rise. Selling a patient’s private medical information to tech companies is lucrative. (7)

“Patients have the right to file HIPAA complaints with their medical providers.” Under HIPAA —  the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act —  medical providers are required to investigate these complaints. When the providers break the law, you should sue them. (8)

The Litigation Process

If you believe your private medical information was shared with a third party without your knowledge and permission, you may be able to join our class action lawsuit. You can also join on behalf of a loved one.

NewYork-Presbyterian’s activities violate the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights. The defendants also violated the American Medical Association Code of Medical Ethics, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, the Federal Trade Commission Act, and New York General Business Law Section 349. 

Your private information has monetary value. Our lawsuit is seeking equitable relief for our clients who are part of this class action suit. We are asking for:

Action Steps to Get Started

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Weitz & Luxenberg Can Help

Weitz & Luxenberg has initiated a Facebook class action complaint against NewYork-Presbyterian. Its medical organization violated your trust. It tracked your private medical data without your knowledge. And then passed this information on to Facebook to make money — all without your consent. 

You can face many problems when your personally identifiable information gets into the wrong hands. It can be used to deny you health coverage, increase your insurance premiums, and be sold to other entities who can use it to steal your identity. 

Weitz & Luxenberg is a nationally recognized law firm with offices across the country. Our experience and success go back almost four decades. 

We are no stranger to complex class action lawsuits, and have the resources to fight for as long as it takes to secure a just outcome for you.

For more information, please contact us by calling (833) 977-3437 or filling out our online form.

What Happened with the University of Rochester Medical Center Data Incident? 

Weitz & Luxenberg is suing the Rochester Medical Center. Our Rochester University lawsuit claims the Medical Center:

The University of Rochester Medical Center made use of the Facebook Tracking Pixel on its web properties. This means that every time a patient clicked, made a keystroke, or otherwise shared medical information, that information was “unlawfully disclosed to Facebook.”

Thousands of patients are now facing massive data privacy issues. 

What Defines a Class Action Lawsuit?

A class action lawsuit “is a procedural device that permits one or more plaintiffs to file and prosecute a lawsuit on behalf of a larger group.” The class action lawsuit against the University of Rochester Medical Center allows the court “to manage lawsuits that would otherwise be unmanageable if each class member (individuals who have suffered the same wrong at the hands of the defendant) were required to be joined in the lawsuit as a named plaintiff.” (1)

What Is the Difference Between a Lawsuit and a Class Action lawsuit?

You can file a lawsuit individually, only for yourself. But when lots of people have been harmed in the same way, it makes sense to oversee all the cases at one time. The individuals join together as a group into one lawsuit. That lawsuit is a class action lawsuit.

The potential harms of what the University of Rochester Medical Center did are far-reaching for you. Absolutely any personal, intimate, or confidential medical information you provided on the Medical Center web pages is now in the hands of people you did not agree to share your information with.

Facebook helps advertisers target you with specific products, drugs, or services based on what they now know about you. Whether or not you’re pregnant, and whether or not you have an illness — such as diabetes or cancer or arthritis.

Potential employers may discriminate against you based on knowing this information. Insurance companies may increase your premiums.

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What to Do If You’re at Risk? 

If your personal information has been compromised in any way, you need to contact your insurance company and any health care providers you use. You should also contact your state’s government offices that oversee medical care.

You may be able to file a lawsuit and join our class action. Talking with a lawyer — such as someone at Weitz & Luxenberg who has experience with data privacy issues — can help you realize if you qualify to start or join a legal case. 

How Do I Start a Class Action Lawsuit?

The best way to join a class action lawsuit is to share your story with a law firm that handles these kinds of suits. This is one of the types of lawsuits W&L has a lot of experience — and success — with litigating.

In the case of class actions, you are one of many plaintiffs. Sometimes you are the person bringing the potential suit to the attention of the law firm. In other cases, like this one, you can join a class action that has already been filed. 

Businesses can also bring lawsuits against other businesses. For example, Open AI and Microsoft are being sued in federal court for breaking privacy laws. (2)

Another company filed a lawsuit against Zoom. It claims Zoom invaded the privacy of millions by sharing personal data with Facebook, Google, and LinkedIn. (3)

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The Litigation Process

If the University of Rochester Medical Center passed along your confidential information to a third party without your permission or knowledge, you should join our class action lawsuit. 

We intend to hold the University of Rochester’s Medical Center accountable. You may be able to receive:

Case Update

On March 19, 2024, the Court denied a motion to dismiss the case, allowing plaintiffs to move forward with discovery.

W&L Is Helping Victims of Medical Data Violations

The University of Rochester Medical Center violated your trust. URMC collected your intimate medical information and passed this along without your consent or knowledge.

As a national plaintiffs’ law firm, we are fully prepared to take on this class action lawsuit. Our attorneys go through every hoop necessary to secure justice for you and other victims of this violation. 

W&L lawyers have the resources to go up against offending corporations — no matter their size or pocketbook. 

Feel welcome to contact us for more information by calling (833) 977-3437 or filling out the available form.

Understanding the History of the Camp Lejeune Water Contamination

Water wells supplying the military base and surrounding areas of Camp Lejeune in North Carolina were found to be contaminated with toxic chemicals. The period of contaminant exposure was from August 1953 to January 1985. (1) 

Groundwater from these wells was contaminated through a combination of leaky underground storage tanks, local area industrial spills, and the waste disposal practices of a local dry-cleaning business. (2) 

Testing revealed the toxic chemicals consisted of volatile organic compounds (VOC). (3) “VOCs typically are industrial solvents…fuel oxygenates…or by-products produced by chlorination in water treatment,” according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA also notes that dry-cleaning agents frequently contain VOCs. (4) 

Camp Lejeune’s contaminated water was used for drinking, cooking, bathing, and doing laundry. Most victims were repeatedly exposed over long periods of time. Research indicates the amount and length of exposure to VOCs can increase risks for adverse health effects. (5) 

Camp Lejeune Brain Cancer and Toxic Chemicals 

A report by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) notes the VOCs found in Camp Lejeune water included “trichloroethylene (TCE), tetrachloroethylene (PCE), benzene, 1,2-dichloroethylene (DCE) and vinyl chloride.” (6) 

There were high concentration levels of these toxic chemicals in the drinking water at Camp Lejeune. These levels far exceeded EPA maximum contaminant levels of 5 parts per billion (ppb) in drinking water. (7) 

Growing Evidence of Chemicals and Cancer Link 

Evidence is mounting for increased risks for cancer in association with exposure to VOCs. A possible link between brain cancer and vinyl chloride (VC) exposure is becoming clearer. One study indicates possible increased mortality from brain tumors after occupational exposure to VC. (8) 

Another study notes the association of brain tumors with environmental pollutants, specifically TCE, PCE, and benzene. (9) And, as ATSDR points out, “TCE and PCE degrade in groundwater over time to VC.” (10) 

ATSDR goes on to say VC and benzene were found to be present in Camp Lejeune water systems. “Vinyl chloride and benzene were also detected in the Hadnot Point distribution system during sampling conducted on or after December 1984.” (11)

Researchers in the second study noted the danger posed by repeated exposure over time. This is the case for Camp Lejeune brain cancer victims. 

These researchers conclude, “These compounds, due to their chemical nature, alter the activity of biological molecules naturally found in the body. The bioaccumulation leads to harmful effects for humans, increasing the risk of the onset of several pathologies, including cancer.“ (12)

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Health Impact of Brain Cancer

Victims of brain cancer suffer both physical and mental side effects. Some of these include: (13) 

Treatment for brain cancer may mean you need to take time off work, or are unable to work at all. This can jeopardize you and your family’s financial security. 

Added to that are the mounting costs of medical treatments. This goes along with the psychological and emotional toll affecting you and your family’s quality of life.

Seeking Legal Assistance and Support for Camp Lejeune Brain Cancer Victims

A law called the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2021 makes it possible for victims of the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune to file claims against the federal government.

The law even allows claims by individuals who were exposed to the contaminated water while in utero. 

Additionally, veterans — even with their claims for disability or benefits turned down by the Veterans Administration — can still file a lawsuit against the federal government. 

It is important to act quickly because there is a narrow window of time to file your lawsuit. So, reach out to a Weitz & Luxenberg attorney as soon as possible. 

Who Qualifies for A Camp Lejeune Brain Cancer Lawsuit 

To be eligible to file, you need to meet these criteria: (14)

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Documentation Supports Your Claim 

When you reach out to your W&L attorney, it is very helpful to support your claim with as much documentation as possible. This documentation should include:

These legal cases are very complex, so it is advisable you have an experienced environmental and personal injury attorney. The attorneys at W&L have both.

Your attorney listens to your story, investigates your claim, and advises you of your best legal options. Your W&L attorney can then file your necessary paperwork.

How W&L Can Help

W&L has been helping veterans, their families, and civilians for almost 40 years. We are proud of our record. Our team can help Camp Lejeune brain cancer victims gain compensation for injuries you sustained — due to no fault of your own. 

Reach out to us, by phone at (833) 977-3437 or using our online form, so we can help you get the justice you deserve.

Here are a few of our wins in similar environmental water contamination cases:

What Causes Batteries to Explode?

Li-ion batteries have almost twice the energy of other rechargeable batteries. They produce an energy density of up to 160 watt hours per kilogram. (1) 

All this power comes from three components: a positively charged cathode of metal oxide; a negatively charged anode of graphite; and a liquid electrolyte, a solvent made of lithium salts. (2) The lithium salts allow an electric charge to flow between the cathode and anode. (3) 

In these batteries, the cathode and anode must not come into contact. This is accomplished with a permeable polyethylene separator “as little as 10 microns thick,” according to Consumer Reports. This makes the separator delicate. (4) 

Thermal Runaway Causes Fires

When the separator is breached, “it causes a short circuit, which starts a process called thermal runaway.” (5)

In thermal runaway, “The chemicals inside the battery begin to heat up, which causes further degradation of the separator. The battery can eventually hit temperatures of more than 1,000° F. At that point, the flammable electrolyte can ignite or even explode when exposed to the oxygen in the air.” (6)

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Exploding Batteries in Vapes

Some of the most frequently publicized battery explosions occur in electronic cigarette products called e-cigarettes or vapes

“The combination of an electronic cigarette and a lithium-ion battery is a new and unique hazard,” says a U.S. Fire Administration report. (7) 

“Between January 2009 and December 31, 2016, 195 separate incidents of explosion and fire involving an electronic cigarette were reported by the U.S. media. These incidents resulted in 133 acute injuries. Of these injuries, 38 (29 percent) were severe,” the report continues. (8)

In one such case, a 17-year-old who wanted to quit smoking, switched to electronic cigarettes. The device exploded in his mouth, tearing a hole in his gums and leaving severe burns around his lip. (9) 

The U.S. Fire Administration has determined, “It is likely that the number of incidents and injuries will continue to increase… Since the current generation of lithium-ion batteries is the root cause of these incidents, it is clear that these batteries are not a safe source of energy for these devices.” (10)

Role of FDA 

Li-ion batteries in e-cig and vape devices fall under the oversight of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA is responsible for regulating electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS). This category includes: (11)

Exploding Batteries in Hoverboards

Meanwhile, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is tasked with regulating hoverboards and other products containing Li-ion batteries having the potential to catch fire or explode. 

Hoverboards are motorized self-balancing scooters. One of the hazards with hoverboards is many rely on Li-ion batteries for power. These batteries can overheat posing risks for smoke, fires, and possibly explosions. Since they first appeared on the market in 2013, the CPSC has received reports of over 250 accidents involving hoverboards overheating or igniting. (12) (13)

For example, the CPSC cites a house fire in where two young children died after a fire was started by a hoverboard. A CPSC Safety Alert adds, “CPSC has reports of 13 burn injuries, three smoke inhalation injuries and more than $4 million in property damage related to hoverboards.” (14)

Hoverboard Recalls for Fire Hazards 

Recalls of hoverboard products are common. As recently as March 2023, Jetson Electric Bikes recalled 53,000 of its 42-volt Rogue. In 2021, a recall of 237,300 units was issued for Razor USA’s GLW Battery Packs sold with Hovertrax 2.0 Self-Balancing Hoverboards for fire and explosion hazards. (15) 

In 2017, there were at least nine separate hoverboard recalls. This included the January 2017 recall of 1,000 units of Sonic Smart Wheels Self-Balancing Scooters/Hoverboards by Dollar Mania, due to fire and explosion hazards. (16) (17)

Hoverboards are illegal in New York state. New York considers these to be motor vehicles and they cannot be registered with the Department of Motor Vehicles. (18)

Risks and Injuries Caused by Exploding Batteries

Serious injuries can result from exploding batteries, no matter the device they are used in and can require hospitalization.

Some of the injuries from exploding batteries: (19)

“From January 1, 2021, through November 28, 2022, CPSC received reports of at least 208 micromobility fire or overheating incidents from 39 states, resulting in at least 19 fatalities, including five associated with e-scooters, 11 with hoverboards and three with e-bikes.” (20)

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Can You Prevent Batteries from Exploding in Your Devices?

There are a number of steps you can take to help prevent batteries from exploding in your devices. These include: (21) 

You may not be able to prevent all batteries from exploding. Yet, there are still ways to minimize the risks of injury. Some of these are: (22)

Who Qualifies for an Exploding Battery Claim?

Injuries from an exploding battery can have a lasting impact on you in many aspects of your life. These include past and future income, recovery time, long-term physical consequences, and medical expenses.

Understanding if you have a legal claim after an exploding battery injury is important in determining your next steps. The most decisive factor in filing a claim is if you were injured through no fault of your own. 

In other words, you were injured despite the fact you:

Filing a Lawsuit 

In spite of your best efforts to avoid risks, if you were seriously injured, you may want to consider taking legal action. 

The first step in filing your lawsuit should be to hire an attorney to represent you. Your attorney should have experience in personal injury litigation

You need an attorney with knowledge of the law, as it applies to your situation. And you want someone who has genuine empathy for innocent victims of hazardous products.

Your attorney evaluates your case, explains your legal options, and investigates the circumstances of the incident when you were injured. Your attorney represents you in court or negotiates a settlement with the parties responsible.

Compensation in Exploding Battery Cases 

A successful lawsuit results in money paid to you for your injuries. Compensation for damages in an exploding battery case may include:

How W&L Can Help

W&L has an entire team of attorneys focused on personal injury cases. We have spent nearly 40 years helping victims gain justice from businesses for defective and dangerous products. When companies make or sell products presenting hazards to unsuspecting consumers, they need to take responsibility for their actions.

Some of our successes are:

What Are the Main CPAP Side Effects?

CPAP stands for continuous positive airway pressure. Doctors may prescribe these devices to treat sleep apnea disorders. However, some brands and models may be dangerous if defective. Possible side effects include lung cancer, sarcoidosis, recurrent pneumonitis, severe new or worsened asthma, and COPD/respiratory disease.

What Is Lung Cancer?

Lung cancer is cancer that forms in tissues of the lung, usually in the cells that line the air passages. It is the leading cause of cancer death in both men and women.” (1) You may be suffering from lung cancer caused by a defective CPAP machine. Symptoms of exposure to particles from the degraded foam include “headache, irritation, inflammation, respiratory issues, and possible toxic” and cancer-causing effects. (2) 

What Is Sarcoidosis?

“Sarcoidosis is a disease characterized by the growth of tiny collections of inflammatory cells (granulomas) in any part of your body.” Some experts think this condition “results from the body’s immune system responding to an unknown substance.” Possible harmful substances include infectious agents and chemicals. Defective CPAP devices may release irritating particles into the airways and lungs. (3)

What Is Recurrent Pneumonitis?

Pneumonitis is a condition that resembles pneumonia, a serious infection of one or both lungs, and is often mistaken for pneumonia despite there not being any infectious agent present. One study shows the risk of recurrent pneumonia is “even higher among patients who received CPAP therapy.” (4) 

What Is Asthma?

“Asthma is a chronic (long-term) condition that affects the airways in the lungs. The airways are tubes that carry air in and out of your lungs.” Inflamed, narrowed airways can make breathing difficult. Pollen, bacteria, and other foreign material can lead to inflammation and set off an asthma attack. Defective CPAP machines can release dangerous particles and chemicals, adding to or creating inflammation and damaging airways. (5) This can result in an initial diagnosis of asthma or worsen an existing condition.

What Is COPD/Respiratory Disease?

What is COPD? “Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, refers to a group of diseases that cause airflow blockage and breathing-related problems. It includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis.” Defective CPAP machines can release foreign particles, blocking airflow and making it hard for you to breathe. (6) This can cause respiratory disease to occur.

Additional CPAP Side Effects 

In addition to being life-threatening, defective CPAP devices also can lead to other side effects. These include:

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Philips Respironics Recalls CPAP Devices 

Philips Respironics has issued multiple recalls of its breathing devices due to potentially dangerous defects. The problem stems from the device’s polyurethane (PE-PUR) sound abatement foam. Recalled models are: (7) (8) (9) 

FDA Classifies Recall as Class I

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has classified some Philips recalls as a Class I recall. A Class I recall is “the most serious type of recall. Use of these devices may cause serious injuries or death.” (10)

According to the FDA, “The polyester-based polyurethane (PE-PUR) foam used in these devices to reduce sound and vibration can break down. If this occurs, black pieces of foam, or certain chemicals that are not visible, could be breathed in or swallowed by the person using the device.” (11)

Also, the foam used in recalled Philips breathing devices may release, or off gas, chemicals into your airways. Both the foam and the leached chemicals have the potential to put your life at risk. You may experience difficulty breathing, inflammation, a lack of oxygen, too much carbon dioxide, and other severe reactions. (12)

CPAP Machine Side Effects Lawsuits

Already, thousands of people have reported serious complications after using some of Philips breathing devices. Lawsuits are underway. 

When it comes to breathing complications, reactions to defective devices can be life-threatening. Deaths have been reported, in addition to serious respiratory reactions. (13)

Since July 2021, Weitz & Luxenberg has received thousands of calls from people saying they were harmed by a defective Philips breathing device. Each week that goes by brings us even more calls. This recall is turning out to be larger than anyone anticipated. 

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Compensation for Your Injuries

If you suffered severe medical complications, or someone you love died, after using a recalled Philips medical device, you may be able to seek compensation. 

Compensation could cover your medical expenses, pain and suffering due to your injury, lost earnings, and any potential loss of future income. Punitive damages might also be awarded.

Possible compensation could include:

How W&L Can Help

Weitz & Luxenberg is a national law firm with nearly four decades of experience helping people who were harmed by the actions of others. These others are often large, seemingly untouchable companies. Since the mid 1980s, we have committed ourselves to holding negligent corporations accountable. 

Sometimes these companies are multinational medical device manufacturers. In the case of CPAP devices, some makes and models have already been recalled due to potentially severe complications.

W&L is leading the fight in pursuing compensation on behalf of our clients who have been harmed by these devices. We are prepared to take action now.

Attorney with Medical Engineering Skill

We are fortunate to count W&L attorney Brendan McDonough among our team of experienced medical device litigators. In addition to being an attorney, he is a medical engineer. His background and knowledge give our firm an edge when it comes to handling defective medical device litigation.

The good news for our clients is that Mr. McDonough is just one of dozens of our firm’s dedicated, tenacious attorneys. Thanks to him, and others like him, W&L has a solid history of winning dating back decades. 

Winning Defective Device Cases

Over the years, we have achieved more than $19 billion in verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients. Here are just a couple examples of our big wins, led by Ellen Relkin. She is a W&L partner and chair of our Drug and Medical Device litigation team:

What Toxic Chemicals Were Found in the Water at Camp Lejeune?

Contaminants found in the drinking water at Camp Lejeune include trichloroethylene (TCE), tetrachloroethylene (PCE), benzene, and vinyl chloride. (1) 

Research indicates a link between esophageal cancer and exposure to both TCE and PCE. (2) Benzene and vinyl chloride have also been associated with esophageal cancer. (3)

Overview of Esophageal Cancer

“Esophageal cancer is cancer that occurs in the esophagus — a long, hollow tube that runs from your throat to your stomach,” according to the Mayo Clinic. “Esophageal cancer usually begins in the cells that line the inside of the esophagus.” (4)

Two common forms of esophageal cancer are squamous cell (also called epidermoid carcinoma) and adenocarcinoma. 

Squamous cell carcinoma forms in the “the thin, flat cells lining the inside of the esophagus,” says the National Cancer Institute (NCI). It is usually located in the upper and middle parts of the esophagus. (5) 

Adenocarcinoma begins in the glandular cells of the esophagus “in the lower part of the esophagus, near the stomach.” (6)

Symptoms of Esophageal Cancer at Camp Lejeune

Some of the common symptoms of esophageal cancer at Camp Lejeune include: (7)

In the early stages, esophageal cancer may not present any symptoms. (8)

What Causes Esophageal Cancer?

Scientific evidence suggests environmental exposure to industrial chemicals increases the risk of developing esophageal cancer. This includes perchloroethylene, a chemical used in dry cleaning, (9) 

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Connection Between Camp Lejeune and Esophageal Cancer

The chemicals found in the water at Camp Lejeune were known cancer-causing agents (carcinogens), especially TCE. (10) (11) 

The contaminated water at Camp Lejeune was traced to a local dry-cleaning business. The dry cleaner improperly released these contaminants into the surrounding soil, air, and groundwater. (12) 

The National Toxicology Program (NTP) lists TCE as a carcinogen. (13) It is also a known fact that PCE breaks down into TCE and vinyl chloride. (14)

Review of Mortality studies of Camp Lejeune veterans and civilian victims by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) raise concerns regarding causes of death. Among those causes is esophageal cancer. (15) Three of the studies reviewed observed elevated risks of esophageal cancer. (16)

Legal Options Available to Camp Lejeune Esophageal Cancer Victims

The PACT Act is a law that allows victims of Camp Lejeune water contamination — including Camp Lejeune esophageal cancer victims — to file claims against the U.S. government. You could receive compensation for pain and suffering, as well as any related medical costs. (17)

You are eligible even if you are a veteran who was denied disability or benefits through the Veterans Administration. 

To qualify, you must have lived or worked on Camp Lejeune for a minimum of 30 total days between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987. The right to file extends to unborn babies who were exposed to the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune, in utero. (18)

You have a limited amount of time to take action against the government. This is why it is so important for you to contact an attorney about your case as soon as possible. 

You need to provide your attorney with all the documentation you have about your case. For example, you want to provide a birth certificate, adoption papers, marriage license, military and housing records, mortgage papers, utility bills, and medical diagnosis and bills for related treatments. These documents can be used to support your claim. 

Your attorney evaluates your case, investigates, and advises you of your legal options. We can help you settle your claim against the government for as much compensation as possible.

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How W&L Can Help

W&L has a proud and lengthy history of helping veterans, their families, and many others who have suffered harm because of the greed and negligence of others. We have pursued cases against corporate giants and government entities alike. 

W&L attorneys are ready to take on the U.S. government — on your behalf — in your Camp Lejeune esophageal cancer case. Contact us, so we can help you get the compensation you deserve.

Here are some ways we have helped others in similar contaminated water cases: