iPhone Sent A Man To Hospital By Burning His Leg
There have been incidents in past when the eminent iPhone exploded and caused harm to its users or property. One of such tragedies happened in 2014 to a business coach Phillip Lechter; the device caught fire in his pocket before leaving him with second degree burns.
This is 2015 and an iPhone has burnt yet another person – this time the burn is a football-sized third degree. The unfortunate victim is Eric Johnson who was going to a funeral ceremony when, on his way, the iPhone 5c alighted to burn his leg, as he told ABC7.
This is how the calamitous event took place: Johnson was traveling with his brother, going for the wake of their 25 years old cousin. After parking his car, told personal injury lawyer Mike Della, with Gruenberg Kelly Della, Johnson got out of the car when keys of his car fell down. As soon as he bended his back in order to lift the keys up, he felt as if his leg was blistering. The 29 years old ill-fated couldn’t believe that the fire was instigated by iPhone 5c from his pocket.
“He panicked. Started ripping off his pants,” Della explained. “His brother ran over and he said he could smell the flesh burning.”
Johnson was carried to hospital where he was to live for the next 10 days for the recovery of his thigh from the severe third-degree burn. The bad burn not only inflicted a lot of pain on Johnson but it hindered him from joining his cousin’s ceremony — which was the real cause of the journey.
“What makes it even worse is that he had to miss his cousin’s wake, his funeral,” Della said. “He couldn’t be there with his family.”
This suicidal firing from the iPhone disfigured itself too. The metal casing of the device had been fused.
Johnson is continuing his recovery process at his home. While the lawyer is planning to file a complaint against the iPhone maker on Johnson’s behalf.
“Even if this only happened this one time, that’s one time too many,” he said. “What if this happened to a child?”
On the other hand, Apple is inquiring the matter. In the past cases, often the cheap or non-Apple chargers have been deemed responsible. However, Johnson says he only used the original charger. So what Apple has to say now? Let’s wait for its opinion.
Abubaker Zahoor writes on diverse topics with special interest in innovations, tech-ethics, and inter-and intra- organizational business relationships.