RECALL ALERT – Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone may cause severe burns and fire damage
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a recall of Samsung Galaxy Note7 smartphones. There is a hazard where the lithium-ion battery in the Galaxy Note7 smartphones can overheat and catch fire, posing serious fire and burn hazard to consumers. Samsung is offering to replace or refund consumers who have these phones. There are approximately 1.9 million impacted phones, according to the USCPSC. If you sustained any injury or property damage and live in Florida, call a Samsung injury attorney at the Law Offices of Jason Turchin at 800-337-7755 for a free consultation.
Description of the recall from the US Consumer Produce Safety Commission
This recall involves all Samsung Galaxy Note7 smartphones. The recalled devices have a 5.7 inch screen and were sold in the following colors: black onyx, blue coral, gold platinum and silver titanium with a matching stylus. Samsung is printed on the top front of the phone and Galaxy Note7 is printed on the back of the phone. This recall involves all Galaxy Note7 devices received as replacements as part of the previous Galaxy Note7 recall on September 15, 2016 and any Galaxy Note 7 with a green battery icon, regardless of date purchased or IMEI.
Significant number of injuries and property damage have already been reported
Samsung has received at least 96 reports of batteries in Note7 phones overheating in the U.S., including no less than 23 new reports since the September 15, 2016 recall announcement alone. Samsung has also received at least 13 reports of burns and 47 reports of property damage associated with Note7 phones. Those numbers may be grossly underreported, as many victims may not have known what to do.
If you were injured in Florida by a Samsung Galaxy Note 7, you may be entitled to money for your medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, out of pocket expenses, and pain and suffering.
What to do if you were injured by a Samsung Galaxy Note7 phone
If you live in Florida and sustained any injury as a result of the Samsung Galaxy Note7 phone, or any property damage, you may be entitled to money to help compensate you for your injuries or loss. Here are some steps to consider:
- Document the damage – Take photographs of any damage to the phone, any property damage caused by the fire, and any injuries you sustained.
- Save receipts – If you incurred any expense as a result of the fire, including remediation, repair, or medical expenses, save your receipts. Samsung may be responsible to reimburse you.
- Call a Florida product liability attorney – You may have valuable rights at stake. An experienced Florida product liability attorney can help fight for the compensation you deserve.
- Get medical attention – Documenting your injuries, and getting the medical care you need are important to having a claim against Samsung. Their insurance company needs to be able to evaluate your case, and proving your injuries is one aspect they often consider.
According to the USCPSC, consumers should immediately stop using and power down all Galaxy Note7 devices, including Note7 devices received as replacements in the previous recall. They recommend that you contact the wireless carrier, retail outlet or Samsung.com where you purchased your device to receive a refund or free exchange for a new replacement device plus incentives. Consumers who purchased their phones from other sources should contact Samsung directly to receive a free remedy. Go to http://www.samsung.com and http://www.samsung.com/us/note7recall/ for more details.
These phones were sold through wireless carriers and electronic stores nationwide, including AT&T, Best Buy, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular, Verizon stores, online at www.samsung.com and other websites and on third party websites from August 2016 through October 2016 for between $850 and $890.