Share This Post
Jury Awards $1.885 Million in First-Of-Its-Kind e-Cigarette Trial in Riverside
Woman brought unique product liability case for her physical and mental scarring after e-cigarette charger exploded in her lap while she charged it in a car
September 30, 2015 – Riverside, CA – After a 6 day trial in Riverside Superior Court, a jury awarded Jennifer Ries $1.885 million after an e-cigarette product exploded while charging, causing severe physical burns and a lifetime of emotional scars.
In March 2013, Jennifer Ries was traveling to the airport for a trip to Brazil as part of a non-profit organization. With her husband driving, Jennifer plugged in her locally purchased VapCigs “E-Hookah E-Cigarette Starter Kit” charger. But as it was charging, the battery exploded, causing several pieces of hot metal shrapnel to disperse throughout the car. The blast ignited Ms. Ries’ seat and dress, burning her buttocks and legs, and spilled corrosive materials into her lap. As a result of the accident, Ms. Ries sustained painful second degree burns on her legs, buttocks, and hand.
Ms. Ries’s husband then took her to a nearby urgent care, where her wounds were dressed. She was referred to UC Irvine Regional Burn Center, where she obtained treatment for her burns and prescriptions for the pain. She was severely traumatized by the explosion, forever reliving the nightmare caused by the dangerous, defective product.
“This industry is unregulated and remains ripe for disaster. Sadly, the industry’s carelessness struck Jennifer and changed her life forever,” said an SBE attorney. “We are thankful for the jury’s verdict and hope it will jolt the industry to take steps to ensure and test that these products are safe for consumers before they are placed on the market.”
The case is Jennifer Ries v. VAPCIGS, Riverside Superior Court Case No. RIC 1306769.