Samsung Battery Explosion Claims
Dixon’s St. Louis product liability lawyers help consumers with Samsung battery explosion claims.
Most people are at least vaguely aware of the saga of the Samsung Note 7. It was a really beautiful, state-of-the art Android phone produced and marketed by Samsung Electronics in 2016 and was generally well received. Then it started catching on fire. Samsung recalled the phones and replaced them with new ones, but then the new ones caught on fire, too.
Dixon provides a variety of legal services. This includes personal injury, workers compensation, product liability, and other claims. Our St. Louis Samusing battery explosion claims lawyers bring proven legal counsel to clients and their families. Please contact us for additional info and a free consultation from our product liability lawyers.
St. Louis, MO Samsung Battery Explosion Claims Lawyers
When you pursue a Samsung battery explosion claim in St. Louis, it’s crucial to find legal counsel with experience. Dixon’s personal injury and liability lawyers ensure clients have the resources they need to win a claim. Here are a couple questions to ask St. Louis product liability lawyers:
How much does legal representation cost me? This depends on the smartphone explosion claim and various factors. Dixon utilizes a contingency system, which means our services are free.
How much would I win? This also depends on the trial. Our St. Louis Samsung battery explosion claims lawyers fight to provide clients medical expenses, personal hardship, and other compensation.
What’s next? The next step is to contact us for more info and consultation from our battery explosion claims lawyers.
The Basics of Product Liability
Companies that make and sell products can be liable for three different types of problems, and anyone that is considering a Samsung battery explosion claim needs to understand the differences. The first type of product liability is manufacturing defects. This is a situation where the product was designed safely, but something happened in the manufacturing process to damage it or make it dangerous. For example, Fiat Chrysler was recently sued for failing to clean up its engine blocks enough in the manufacturing process leaving sludge to build up in the engine and cause damage.
The second category of product liability are defective designs. This means a product has a fatal flaw in its design, and even if manufactured properly it would not work right. For example, Piper Aircraft has faced lawsuits related to the “stabilator” on many of its small airplanes. This movable rear wing is, some say, too weakly reinforced and may have caused many airplanes to break up midair.
The final type of product liability is a failure to warn. These cases involve products that were designed and manufactured correctly, but still have risks that should be disclosed. Professional football players, for example, have sued a company called Riddell that makes helmets for failing to warn them of the risks to their brain that would not be prevented by wearing the helmets.
Anatomy of the Note 7 Fires
As CNET explains, the original Note 7 suffered from a design defect. It had a lithium-ion battery, same as most modern electronics. This battery is made up of a pouch that contains the flammable lithium-based electrolyte plus a positive electrode and a negative electrode. It is very important that the two electrodes never touch, because if they cause a short circuit that can cause the battery to get very hot and even explode. The pouch of the original Note 7 contained a small separator between the two electrodes that grew weak over time during the battery’s normal expansion and contraction. Eventually, the electrodes in many phones would eventually touch and cause heat or even a fire.
After the fires started, Samsung quickly produced replacement phones with new batteries. Unfortunately for Samsung, its replacement Note 7s suffered from manufacturing defects. The new batteries were welded together poorly and left a small piece of the positive electrode sticking out. This would poke through the insulating material in many phones and reach the negative electrode and cause the same short-circuiting event as the original battery. Worse, an investigation found that many of the second batteries actually completely lacked the insulating layer between the positive and negative elements. Because Samsung was unable to quickly produce safe replacement phones, it completely discontinued the Note 7 line, which had been its best-selling phone up until that point.
More About Samsung Battery Explosion Claims Attorneys in St. Louis, MO
Christopher R. Dixon and the Dixon Injury Firm excel at Samsung battery explosion claims and additional personal and workplace injuries. Recognized by the National Trial Lawyers Association as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer, Chris knows how difficult these cases are for clients. To help lower financial stress, Dixon’s trial lawyers make things easier by providing a contingency payment system. This enables you to pay only if the case is won. Dixon Injury Firm’s legal services are free until then.
Call The Dixon Injury Firm About Your Samsung Battery Explosion Claims
Chris Dixon is dedicated to helping injury victims put their lives back together. If you have been injured by an exploding phone, call today for a free, no-obligation consultation at (314) 409-7060. Mr. Dixon represents clients at no charge to them, as he only gets paid if he successfully collects from the person (or company) that caused his client’s injuries.