Los Angeles personal injury lawyers from Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman have filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Los Angeles County man who was badly burned after an Eagtac lithium-ion flashlight battery exploded and caught fire in his pants pocket. Plaintiff Rory Foley alleges in his lawsuit that the battery explosion left him with severe burns on his leg that required multiple surgeries, kept him out of work for months, and permanently disfigured his legs.
Injury attorneys Timothy A. Loranger, Ronald L. M. Goldman, and W. Crawford Appleby filed the complaint (Case No. 22VECV01069) on behalf of Mr. Foley and his wife, Amy Foley, in California Superior Court, County of Los Angeles. The lawsuit names the following defendants:
- Eagtac, LLC (Washington) – Designs and manufactures flashlights and accessories, including batteries.
- Longhorn Tactical, LLC and Lumen Tactical, LLC (Texas) – Sells and distributes flashlights and accessories, including batteries. Longhorn is an authorized dealer of Eagtac products and an authorized seller of said products with Walmart. Lumen Tactical is an alter ego and/or joint venture of Longhorn Tactical.
- Walmart, Inc. (Delaware) – International online seller and distributor of many different products, including flashlights and batteries. Walmart advertises and sells Eagtac products to consumers, including online through its interactive website.
The lawsuit alleges that the Eagtac lithium-ion flashlight battery was defectively designed and manufactured, and that the defendants failed to warn consumers that the battery can produce an external short circuit when it comes into contact with metallic objects like coins or car keys, making the cell overheat and explode. Mr. Foley, who was carrying the battery in his pocket, did not know its close proximity to coins, keys, or other metallic objects was dangerous.
“The defendants knew that if they warned people that the battery could explode in someone’s pocket, no one would ever buy it,”says Baum Hedlund personal injury lawyer and shareholder Timothy A. Loranger. “They could have protected people by responsibly warning of this danger.”
Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawsuit Alleges Eagtac Battery is Defectively Designed and Manufactured
The following are allegations only. There has been no determination of liability in this case.
Plaintiff Rory Foley owns and operates his own chimney inspection business in Los Angeles County. Mr. Foley purchased an Eagtac battery online from Walmart’s website. Longhorn Tactical fulfilled the order on Walmart’s behalf.
On November 9, 2020, Mr. Foley was performing a chimney inspection with a spare Eagtac battery in his pocket. While on a roof looking down the chimney flue with his flashlight, Foley heard a noise that sounded like a firecracker igniting. He felt a sudden and intense pain in his left leg and noticed a flame shooting out of the side of his pants near his left front pocket.
Foley immediately realized that the lithium-ion cell battery in his pocket had exploded and caught fire. He screamed in agony then tried several times to pull the battery out of the hole burning through his pants. After several attempts, Foley was finally able to remove the burning battery from his pants.
According to the complaint, the Eagtac battery that was in Mr. Foley’s pocket has a protection circuit located on the negative end of the cell that is connected to the cell can and the positive lid of the cell by a metal tab to provide power to the circuit. Because the protection circuit is attached to the negative end of the cell, it cannot protect the cell from an external short circuit caused by a metallic object that simultaneously contacts the positive cell terminal and the exposed negative surface of the can.
Lawyers say Mr. Foley was carrying a metallic object (such as a coin or keys) in his pocket that came into contact with the cell, which caused an external short circuit in which the cell vented and expelled its contents.
The owner of the house Mr. Foley was inspecting heard his screams and came outside to find out what was happening. He found the battery still aflame on the roof and put out the fire by spraying the battery with a garden hose. Foley, who was in excruciating pain, told the homeowner to call the fire department. Emergency responders transported Mr. Foley by ambulance to the Grossman Burn Center in West Hills in excruciating pain.
Plaintiff Suffered Severe Burn Injuries That Required Multiple Surgeries
Mr. Foley was in the hospital for 11 days. During this time, he endured two painful surgeries. In the first surgery, doctors removed all the dead skin from his thigh and prepared for a skin graft. He had to wait several days before the doctors performed a second surgery, which was even more painful than the first. Doctors removed layers of skin from the right thigh and graft the skin onto the burns in the second surgery. After finally leaving the hospital, both of Mr. Foley’s thighs were in excruciating pain for roughly another week.
The incident left Foley’s thighs disfigured. His injuries prevented him from working for several months, and he now has to wear pants to hide his burn injuries and protect his skin. The lawsuit alleges that the incident caused Mr. Foley to suffer severe physical and emotional pain, financial losses, as well as stress on his marriage. The complaint seeks damages for loss of consortium on behalf of Foley’s wife, Amy.
According to the personal injury lawsuit, as direct and proximate result of defendants’ conduct, Mr. Foley has suffered and continues to suffer permanent injuries to the person, body, and health. He has further suffered, and will continue to suffer into the future, pain, discomfort, fears, anxiety, loss of sleep, and other mental and emotional distress directly and proximately caused by the defendants’ conduct, the complaint alleges. Mr. Foley expects to incur future loss of income and future medical costs associated with the injuries he alleges were directly and proximately caused by the defendants’ conduct.
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