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Brooklyn, NY - Two Injured in Fire Started By E-Scooter Battery in Building on 20th Avenue in Bensonhurst

Brooklyn, NY - Two Injured in Fire Started By E-Scooter Battery in Building on 20th Avenue in Bensonhurst
Published: July 21, 2023
By: Darla Medina
Last Updated on July 21, 2023

E-Scooter Battery Fire Injures Two and Raises More Concerns Over Battery Safety

According to ABC 7 NY, a building located at 6801 20th Avenue in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn New York, experienced a frightening incident on Wednesday June 21, 2023, around 8 p.m. when an e-scooter battery caught fire, resulting in two people sustaining minor burns and smoke inhalation. Several items in close proximity also suffered damage from the brief but intense blaze. Fortunately, the fire was quickly extinguished, preventing further harm.

Eyewitnesses reported that a tenant in the building responded promptly by using a fire extinguisher, managing to control the flames before the arrival of the firefighters. Consequently, the responding firefighters found no active flames upon reaching the scene, only residual smoke.

Upon learning about the incident, fire marshals have been investigating the site to gather evidence and ascertain the cause of the battery fire.

Notably, the building owner revealed that the presence of multiple batteries inside the building was a clear violation of the lease terms. According to the lease agreement, tenants are explicitly prohibited from possessing lithium-ion battery-powered mobility devices on the premises.

The incident has raised significant concerns among authorities and prompted the mayor and fire commissioner to make a plea to New Yorkers. They are urging citizens to report any suspected improper use and storage of lithium-ion batteries by calling 311. In response to these concerns, the city has expedited its response time, ensuring that reports involving questionable activity and bike repair shops or other locations will now receive a response from the local fire station within 12 hours, instead of the usual 72 hours.

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Seeking Justice for Victims of Lithium Ion Battery Fires

In the wake of a harrowing e-scooter battery fire incident in Bensonhurst, questions arise about the legal recourse available to victims who suffer injuries due to lithium-ion battery fires. To shed light on this pressing matter, we sit down with renowned Product Liability Attorney, Laurence Banville, Esq., a local New York-based personal injury lawyer. In this exclusive interview, Mr. Banville provides valuable insights into the steps victims can take to seek justice through civil cases and the potential compensation they may be entitled to. Additionally, he offers crucial advice on preventing such incidents and promoting battery safety to protect communities from future harm.

Darla Medina (Editor): In light of the recent fire incident, there's growing concern about the potential risks associated with lithium-ion batteries. Could you shed some light on what victims injured in fires started by these batteries can do in seeking legal recourse?

Laurence Banville, Esq.: Certainly, Darla. When individuals sustain injuries due to fires caused by lithium-ion batteries or any defective product, they may have grounds to pursue a civil case against those who are accountable. In these instances, the legal concept of product liability comes into play, which holds manufacturers, distributors, and sellers responsible for any harm caused by their products.

Darla Medina (Editor): How would such a civil case proceed? What steps should victims take to seek justice?

Laurence Banville, Esq.: Victims of lithium-ion battery fires, or any defective product-related injuries, should first seek medical attention for their injuries. It's essential to prioritize their health and well-being. After that, it's crucial to gather as much evidence as possible. This includes preserving the product involved, any photographs or videos of the incident, and collecting any witness statements. The victims should also keep track of their medical records and any related expenses.

Darla Medina (Editor): That sounds like a comprehensive approach. What type of compensation could victims potentially receive in such cases?

Laurence Banville, Esq.: Victims may be entitled to compensation for various damages, which can include medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and emotional distress. In more severe cases, where victims sustain long-term injuries, they might be eligible for future medical costs and ongoing care. The exact amount of compensation would depend on the specific circumstances of each case.

Darla Medina (Editor): Lastly, as a product liability attorney, what advice would you give to the public to prevent such incidents in the future?

Laurence Banville, Esq.: Preventing such incidents involves practicing caution and adhering to product guidelines and safety regulations. Always use lithium-ion batteries and related devices as per the manufacturer's instructions. Additionally, if you suspect any product defects or potential dangers, report them to the relevant authorities immediately. Together, we can contribute to safer communities and prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future.



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