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Exploding Apples! iPhone 7 Explosion Warning

A lot of press has been given to exploding batteries in e-cigarette devices as well as the exploding batteries in Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 smart phone. However, the reports of dangerous batteries does not end with these two devices. Recently, several reports have been made of injuries sustained from the iPhone 7’s battery spontaneously exploding.

In October of 2016, the British newspaper Express reported on iPhone 7’s lithium ion battery catching fire or exploding after it started to overheat. In September of 2015, an Apple iPhone 6 caught fire in California. In China, an Apple smart phone exploded when it was dropped on the ground. Recently, in New Jersey, an iPhone 7 burst into flames causing a house fire.
In response, Apple has began investigations into the spontaneous explosions of its lithium-ion batteries. As reported in Fortune, a magazine dedicated to business, Apple is investigating the incidents amid its main competitor’s recall of its smart phone, the Galaxy Note 7.

What is causing these explosions? This has not yet been determined however, there is one element common in e-cigarettes and smart phones: lithium. The chemical lithium is utilized widely around the world in batteries. Lithium, contains ion particles which accelerate and can heat up with use. This “chain-reaction” is expected. However, the batteries malfunction when there are not sufficient mechanical safeguards inside the battery to prevent a runaway chain reaction. These safeguards are a result of poor manufacturing and testing.

Given the proliferation of IPhones in society, it is important to understand any potential harms. If you have any questions or have been the victim of such battery explosions, call the lawyers at Javerbaum Wurgaft, we are here to help.

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New Jersey is one of the few states in the country where medical bills incurred as a result of a car wreck are paid by the injured persons auto insurance, regardless of fault. However, the amount and percentage of the bill paid depends on the “type” of insurance that the injured person selected. There are many choices consumers must make when selecting their automobile insurance, especially the Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage which pays for the injured persons medical bills, loss of income and help they may need at home.
Problems arise when consumers opt for lower amounts of Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage for payment of their medical bills than the standard coverage amount of $250,000, or select health insurance to be their primary source of payment of their medical bills. Lower limits of PIP coverage rarely result in significant savings on your insurance premiums but often result in insufficient benefits being available to pay for medically necessary care. Selecting health insurance as primary to PIP coverage also rarely results in savings on the cost of your coverage and often results in your health insurer demanding repayment from you of monies they paid out for medical bills. In some cases, the health insurance policy does not even allow for the payment of auto accident related medical bills.

More often than not, consumers don’t review the coverages set forth on the declarations pages of their auto insurance policy to see if they were provided with the coverages they actually selected. On occasion, the coverage’s provided do not match what they selected. Other times, the coverage is what they asked for but doesn’t provide them the benefits they thought it did. Usually, this is not realized until after they are involved in an auto accident and is often too late to fix. There have been many accounts of consumers not being offered the maximum amount of PIP coverage.
For many years, Javerbaum Wurgaft partner Jeffrey A. Rizika has been educating consumers, medical providers and other attorneys throughout the state about the potential coverage issues that arise when a consumer opts for less than full PIP coverage for the payment of their auto accident related medical bills, as well as other issues that arise when someone is injured in a motor vehicle accident.

If you or a loved one have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, or have a question about your auto insurance coverage, please contact Jeffrey and the other lawyers in the personal injury department at Javerbaum, Wurgaft. We are here to help.