Our exploding product injury lawyers handle cases for victims of cell phone explosions, including the Samsung Galaxy Note 7.
The harm caused by these exploding cellular phones can be devastating and lead to significant hospitalization, medical care, and permanent injuries. Anyone injured by a cellular phone should contact our office immediately so that we can start our investigation of your case.
Why Did Samsung Recall The Galaxy Note 7?
Samsung recently announced an expanded voluntary recall on all original and replacement Galaxy Note 7 devices sold or exchanged in the United States in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and in partnership with carriers and retailers.
Since the affected devices can overheat and pose a safety risk, Samsung asked consumers with a Galaxy Note 7 to power it down and contact the carrier or retail outlet where they purchased their device.
The Galaxy Note 7 is banned on flights, including both carry on and checked luggage. Most cell phone carriers will honor the replacement of Samsung Note 7 devices to any other device, regardless of the return policy.
How Many Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Have Been Recalled?
More than 2.5 million Galaxy Note 7 smartphones were recalled before the product was discontinued in early October -- just two months after its launch in August 2016.
Samsung estimates the problems will cost the electronics compoany at least $5.3 billion through early 2017.
In all, Samsung has recalled 3.06 million Note 7 phones, which retails for up to $890. About four percent, or 120,000 units, of the recalled Galaxy Note 7, are still not returned.
Why Do Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Cell Phones Overheat?
Samsung said in late January that after testing more than 200,000 Galaxy Note 7 smartphones, it found defects in two sets of batteries from two different manufacturers made the devices prone to catch fire.
The South Korean company ruled out any problems with other aspects of the Note 7, either in its hardware or its software.
Rechargeable lithium batteries are reportedly more susceptible to overheating than other types of batteries if they are exposed to high temperatures, are damaged or have manufacturing flaws.
According to the Associated Press, the Galaxy Note 7 featured one of the biggest battery capacities so far for smartphones at 3,500 mAh, or milliampere hour, which gave it the highest energy density of all Samsung's devices.
Despite new batteries, some consumers reported their phones continued to overheat.
What Types of Injuries are Caused by Overheating Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Cell Phones?
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, which coordinates recalls, reported in mid-October that Samsung received 96 reports of overheating Note 7 batteries in the United States since Sept. 15. That included 13 reports of burns and 47 reports of property damage by the overheating phone.
Injuries reported from the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 are primarily first-, second- and third-degree burns. Primarily, these burns may occur on the face, legs, arms, chest and torso of the consumer. These injuries are often serious and can lead to hospitalization, extensive medical care, plastic surgery, and permanent disfigurements.
Can I File a Lawsuit for Burns Caused by a Samsung Galaxy Note 7?
Several lawsuits have already been filed by consumers harmed by the Samsung Galaxy Note 7.
Lawsuits, in general, allege that Samsung sold a defective product and failed to warn consumers about the serious hazards of the Note 7.
Michael Taylor filed a lawsuit against Samsung after his phone exploded while he was sleeping, causing him extensive burns. According to multiple reports, Taylor's phone allegedly began spitting out flames as he slept in his bed.
The phone caught fire while it sat on Taylor's bed and burned his crotch, legs and sheets, he said.
Jonathan Strobel, 28, of Boca Raton, also filed a lawsuit against Samsung, claiming his Samsung Galaxy Note 7 gave him devastating burns as well.
Strobel said he was in a Costco store in Palm Beach Gardens on Sept. 9 when his Galaxy Note 7 exploded. He said the phone burned directly through his pants, resulting in severe burns on his right leg.
What Type of Compensation can I Get in a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Lawsuit?
Dangerous and defective product lawsuits seek two primary types of damages.
First, the lawsuits seek compensation for the pain and suffering, fright and shock, scarring and disfigurement, and other types of non-economic claims. The lawsuits also seek compensation for medical bills and lost wages.
In many states, the injury victim can seek punitive or exemplary damages against the product manufacturer. These awards can be substantial. However, some states do not allow these damages. Other states have caps, or limits, on the amount of money that can be awarded in a products liability lawsuit, regardless of the seriousness of the harm or injury.
What to do after your Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Explodes or Overheats?
The most obvious thing to do is get prompt medical care and attention.
If possible, take photographs of the cell phone as soon as possible after the explosion or fire, as well as the contents that exploded out of the unit.
Also, make sure that you preserve the cell phone without making any changes to it after the incident, so that it can be inspected by an expert for product defects. These things will give you the best chance of winning your lawsuit and receiving a settlement.
Are there Time Limits for Filing Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Lawsuits?
Yes. All states have statute of limitations for filing lawsuits.
The time deadlines vary from state to state so it is important that you contact an experienced defective products attorney as soon as possible after the incident. This will avoid missing deadlines that might limit your ability to sue the manufacturer or retailer that sold you the product.
Who are the Best Lawyer for Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Lawsuits?
The award-winning attorneys at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. are the smart choice to handle your defective cell phone case.
Our legal team partners with other top firms around the United States to take on the large retailers and their high priced lawyers to win your case. We have the resources to prove your lawsuit and win you the highest possible settlement.
What are the Lawyer Fees for Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Cases?
Our law firm will represent you under our No-Free Promise. This means that there are no legal fees whatsoever and we only earn a fee if you win a settlement.
We get only get paid at the end of the case and the money comes out of the settlement. We also advance all case costs and expenses.
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