Phones known to put users at risk include:
- Samsung Galaxy Note 7
- Samsung Galaxy Note S7
- Samsung Galaxy Note S7 Edge
Dozens of Samsung users have been injured after their phones overheated and caught fire. Galaxy Note 7 phones were officially recalled in September 2016, but the S7 and S7 Edge models are still being sold. Samsung continues to deny any problems with the two models, but lawsuits have been filed claiming the phones also experienced overheating.
So far, there have been more than 90 instances of Galaxy Note 7 phones overheating and catching fire. Twenty-six users were burned and 55 reported property damage. Some users experienced second and third degree burns.
The phones contain lithium ion batteries, now known to pose a risk. These batteries charge quickly, but the phones feature thin separators that might cause the batteries to short circuit and overheat. Other companies, including Dell, have recalled devices because of fire hazards related to this type of battery.
The concerns about the Samsung phones were so severe the Federal Aviation Administration began prohibiting passengers from using their phones on planes. Unfortunately, the FAA ban applies only to Galaxy Note 7 phones and not the other two models.
Are You at Risk for a Samsung Galaxy Phone Fire?
If you own a Samsung Galaxy Note 7, Note S7, or S7 Edge you are at risk.
Note 7 owners are eligible for a refund or phone exchange free of charge from Samsung.
If you are unable to replace your phone, it’s important to exercise caution while it’s in use. Charge your phone in an out-of-the-way, well-ventilated area that is neither very hot nor very cold. If you notice your phone becoming hot, stop charging it and remove and replace the battery as soon as it’s cool enough to touch.
Samsung Galaxy Lawsuits
There are currently multiple lawsuits in progress against Samsung. One is related to the Note S7 Edge phone and claims the phone overheats and poses a risk to users. The man who initially filed the lawsuit suffered second and third degree burns from his phone. The product liability lawsuit claims the phone exploded in the owner’s pocket. Even with the lawsuit, Samsung has not admitted there is a problem with the S7 or S7 Edge models.
Another lawsuit filed against Samsung relates to the Note 7 phone. The plaintiff in this case also claims his phone exploded in his pocket causing second degree burns on his thigh. The lawsuit is seeking compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Samsung is also facing allegations that its phones failed to operate as marketed, that inadequate instructions and warnings were given to users of the phones, and that the phones were sold in a dangerous or defective condition.
Those whose phones have caught fire could be eligible for compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Cell phones are a vital part of modern life and when a user is injured by his or her phone, the effects can be long-lasting and diminish quality of life.
If you own a Samsung Galaxy phone, any model, and that phone has overheated, exploded, or caused you injury or damaged your property in any way, you could be entitled to compensation. Every case is different. To learn more, consult an attorney.