Apple Inc. has definitely come a long way over the years. From the development of the first touchscreen cell phone to creating innovative computers, tablets, and a phone that unlocks with a scan of your face, Apple Inc. has done nothing short of impressing its customers. But with any company, there are always going to be a few bumps in the road.
Apple Inc. recently experienced one of those bumps when they received notice that the company was being sued. On October 25, 2016, Ronnie Portee of South Carolina said that he was at his son’s house talking to his wife on his iPhone 6 and after ending the call, he placed his phone in his pocket. Moments later, he said he “began to feel extreme heat as well as the crackling of his clothes.” According to The State, Portee’s iPhone 6 had exploded and his “flesh and clothes were burning.”
Portee fell to the ground and tore his clothes off. His son rushed him to a hospital in the Sumter area but because of the severity of the burns he had already sustained, he was then airlifted to the Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta. Portee had suffered severe burns to various parts of his body and was forced to undergo several different surgeries. He told the source that his burns caused him to undergo five surgeries and “a trying period in his life.” The process took nearly a year for him to get through.
After going through such a traumatic experience, Portee recently decided to file a personal injury lawsuit against Apple claiming that the exploding iPhone has led to him suffering “both physically and emotionally” and he will continue to suffer for the rest of his life. He is also forced to live with permanent scarring. According to the court documents, Portee says he used the iPhone as intended, charged it with the accompanying charger, and did not “misuse nor materially alter the iPhone.” The lawsuit also claims that “Apple knew the iPhone 6 could explode when it was put on the market and that the phone was not manufactured in a way to prevent explosions. The phone also lacked a warning about the potential for combustion.”
The news outlet also highlighted that Portee is not only suing Apple, but also Asurion Insurance Services as they provided Portee with the replacement phone when his previous phone suffered a cracked screen. Now, because of the medical bills that have accrued and the suffering Portee has had to endure, he is suing both companies and seeking more than $75,000 in damages.
Suing a company for negligence isn’t always easy to do, especially when it is a larger company such as Apple Inc. The truth is, these entities have attorneys of their own that can rebut your claims and get your case thrown out. However, when you hire a SC personal injury attorney of your own who is experienced in handling injury cases, you stand a better chance of obtaining an outcome that is in your favor.
 
If you believe a defective product is to blame for the injury you recently sustained, contact one of our SC personal injury lawyers today to learn about how you can file suit against the company to recover compensation for your pain and suffering.
So, if you were recently injured by a defective product in South Carolina or on someone else’s property, contact the personal injury lawyers at the Hayes Law Firm located in Greenville, SC. They can assess your case, gather all the evidence necessary to file a claim or lawsuit, and provide you with the assistance you will need throughout the duration of your case.
 
You can reach the Hayes Law Firm now at:
 
870 Cleveland Street
Greenville, SC 29601
864-233-3100

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