An economic consultant from Manchester, who was seriously burned after an e-cigarette fire, has sought legal advice for his injuries.
The victim, Colin Crow from Levenshulme in Manchester, was injured whilst on a night out with his friends in Sheffield last January. The thirty-two year-old had kept his e-cigarette in his back pocket, but it suddenly exploded, with flames likened to a firework by one on looker.
Colin received immediate first aid from staff members in the bar before an ambulance arrived to bring him to Sheffield’s Northern General Hospital. There, Colin was transferred to the burns unit and received treatment for the burns along his left leg and arm, which had been damaged as he tried to put out the flame.
The injuries prevented Colin, an economic consultant, from returning to work for a period after his accident. He also suffered from a temporary loss of mobility, and still endures considerable pain when he walks. Since his accident, Colin has sought legal counsel concerning compensation for the fire.
Though any lithium battery could potentially catch fire if it is overheated, the risk of fire substantially increases if the battery is of poor quality. If it can be proven that the battery posed a risk to Colin when it was sold to him, he could claim compensation under the Consumer Protection Act 2987 or the Consumer Rights Act 2015.
When speaking to the Manchester Evening News, Colin’s solicitor commented that “This is the latest is a series of incidents in which e-cigarettes have caused extensive burns after exploding in people’s pockets and it is clear that an urgent investigation is needed to determine if more should be done to protect the users. We are now investigating exactly what caused his device to explode as we seek to help him overcome what happened”.