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Mother Suffers Severe Burns From Faulty Hoverboard

Posted by Charles Gilman | Dec 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

Last year hoverboards took the world by storm when they hit the market. Debuted as a battery powered self-balancing scooter, the toy was coveted by all demographics, young and old. Celebrities were spotted riding the scooter down the street or dancing on it at parties, making the product even more desirable to consumers. But the excitement proved to be short-lived, considering the new reports claiming the boards were malfunctioning. In response to these reports, the hoverboard manufacturer seemingly seized all the faulty hoverboards and corrected the issue. However, a mother learned the hard way that the fire-prone boards may still be in rotation after claiming the one she bought her son for Christmas burst into flames and “exploded like a bomb.”

JoAnn Ensell bought the hoverboard earlier this month from Costco as a Christmas present for her 11-year-old son Henry. Just six days after the purchase she decided to charge it so it would be ready to ride on Christmas day. However, when Ensell took the scooter off the charger, it blew up. The explosion caused her to be consumed by flames, giving her third-degree burns on her arms and hands. Her son and husband David Ensell witnessed the catastrophic event unfold and fortunately were left unscathed. Their home is also intact with no damages. Now in the hospital receiving treatment for her wounds, Ensell has had time to reflect on how the situation could have panned out.

“Thirty seconds earlier my son had it in his hands,” she said. “If he had still been holding it when it exploded it would have killed him, I've no doubt about it.”

It turns out that Costco had bought the hoverboards from a British importer, which has since shut down. Manufacturers of these new age electrical items have chosen to use lithium batteries in their products because it stores massive amounts of energy. The batteries are great for toys that require large quantities of power to run like the hoverboard but pose a great risk in the event of a short circuit. The majority of these companies are concerned about the consumer's safety, especially when their reputation is on the line. But the truth of the matter is that some products are safer than others, making accidents inevitable. The absurd amount of counterfeit products being sold also increases that risk.

If you have been harmed as a result of the negligence of a company, you may be entitled to compensation. Attorneys Charles Gilman and Briggs Bedigian are dedicated to getting you the best results possible. Call their office at (800) 529-6162 or contact them online. The firm handles cases in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C.

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Charles Gilman

As managing partner and co-founder of Gilman & Bedigian, it is my mission to help our clients recover and get their lives back on track. I strongly believe that every person who is injured by a wrongful act deserves compensation, and I will do my utmost to bring recompense to those who need and deserve it.

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