You've likely heard about the flammable issues with Samsung's latest Galaxy Note 7. The smartphone was originally marketed for its long battery life, which supposedly lasts up to nine hours, but this lithium battery could be the downfall of the combustible phone. The Note 7 was a top-selling product until reports came flooding in about burn injuries and property damage. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission stepped in and issued a recall for 1 million devices on September 15, but this recall was too late for some Note 7 users.
There were 92 reports detailing the hazards the new phone imposed including:
- 26 reports of burns.
- 55 instances of property damage to cars, garages and other personal properties.
Jonathan Strobel of Boca Raton, Florida was the first to officially file a lawsuit against the tech mogul for injuries he sustained while shopping at Costco. Strobel felt an intense heat in his front pocket where his Galaxy Note 7 was located. As he tried to remove the phone from his pants, he sustained second-degree burns on his leg, and his thumb was also burned as he tried to take out the phone. The burns on his right leg are comparable to the size and shape of the Samsung phone.
Strobel is not the only Note 7 user whose smartphone ignited, and he likely won't be the only one to pursue a product liability claim. Depending on the situation and resulting damages, Samsung consumers could be eligible to collect compensation for:
- medical expenses
- property damage
- lost wages
- Potential disfigurement from burns
- Pain and suffering
Samsung is bracing itself for what could be $900 million in recalls and lawsuits. They have established an exchange program for the defective products. They have also issued a software update, which urges users to turn off the phone while its charging as most of the malfunctions occurred while the phone was plugged into an outlet or car charge port.
If you were injured or have property damage due to one of these faulty Galaxy Note 7 smartphones, please call our lawyer in Chicago at (800) LAW-0300 to schedule your FREE consultation. Sklare Law Group provides experienced personal injury legal services to clients in Chicago and surrounding areas of Northern Illinois.