By: Shernoff Bidart Echeverria LLP
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Lancaster Resident and U.S. Veteran Suffers Severe Burns to Face and Shoulder after e-Cig Explodes in His Face
Injury is the most recent in a long line of exploding e-cigarette injuries
Lancaster, CA – January 26, 2016 – Don George was treated for second degree burns to his face and shoulder after an e-cigarette exploded in his face at his home in early January.
Mr. George is an air traffic controller with the FAA who served in the United States Air Force as an F-16 crew chief for several years. On January 3, 2016, he was using an e-cigarette product he’d purchased at a local store when it exploded while it was close to his face. A friend of Mr. George had to drive him to the local urgent care where he was treated for burns to his face and shoulder. After cleaning Mr. George’s wounds, which included the black chemical residue left on his face, doctors were concerned that his vision may have been disrupted and performed a detailed eye exam.
“Mr. George served our country bravely and now works in a highly stressful line of work. This sort of thing should never befall a man willing to risk his life to protect others,” said an attorney from Shernoff Bidart Echeverria LLP. “Until our lawmakers stand up for consumers and take action, these injuries are going to continue.”
Mr. George is one of several clients represented by SBE.