Mission Hills, CA asked in Products Liability for California

Q: What to do after drill's lithium battery sparked a fire?

The battery from my drill sparked a fire which damaged a piece I was building for a client. I was unable to finish the piece in time because the fire destroyed my tools and hardwood supply.

I know the fire was started by the drill's battery because the battery reignited 30 minutes after the fire was put out.

I've tried to contact the company 3 times and haven't received any response.

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1 Lawyer Answer
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
  • Products Liability Lawyer
  • Little Neck, NY

A: A California attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for three weeks. If you have not been able to resolve the issue by now, you could research if the battery has been associated with other similar accidents. You could also review the paperwork if it outlines conditions for disputes, in terms of arbitration/litigation, which state's laws govern, and other conditions. If ultimately, you are unable to resolve, you could contemplate legal action, either on your own or with an attorney - that could be a decision based on the extent of damages, the complexity, your confidence in handling the matter, etc. Good luck

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