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iPhone Catches on Fire in Man's Pocket, Causing Severe Burns, says New Lawsuit


Lawsuit Claims iPhone Was Defective and Lacked Appropriate Safety Features

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (PRWEB) August 10, 2018

A South Carolina man caught on fire after the battery in his iPhone 6 exploded, according to a recent lawsuit. The phone was in his pocket, when it allegedly heated up, exploded and set his clothes on fire, causing severe burns.

The man, Ronnie Portee, is represented by Kevin Dean of Motley Rice LLC and George T. Sink, Jr. of George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers. In the suit filed on July 31, Mr. Portee claimed his iPhone was defective, didn't have the proper mechanisms to prevent the battery from overheating, and lacked appropriate warnings.

"Our client could have been killed by an iPhone exploding in his pocket. We trust our cell phones won't hurt us; that they're designed to be safe. They're in our pockets, purses, planes and cars; they sit by our bedside while we sleep. We don't expect cell phones to catch on fire, yet we're starting to hear more and more about the dangers of smartphones that explode or catch fire without warning," explained attorney George T. Sink, Jr.

Portee's lawsuit also named Asurion Insurance as a Defendant. Asurion provides insurance policies for a variety of cell phone providers. According to the suit, the defective phone was provided by Asurion as a replacement.

Keep Safe – Signs of Danger in Your Smartphone

There are many signs of potential danger in your smartphone. Here are a few to look out for:

  • Phone is overheating regularly, or getting very hot and not cooling down
  • A bulge in your smartphone or bend in the phone
  • A yellowing screen
  • Any hissing noises coming from near the battery

There are many other signs of an iPhone, Samsung Galaxy or other smartphone that may be at risk of catching fire. If you suspect a potential danger, consult an expert right away.

Speak to a South Carolina Defective Product Attorney Today

If your smartphone, iPhone, or Samsung Galaxy have caught fire you might need a defective product lawyer. Call the team at George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers today at (803) 999-9999 for a consultation or visit one of their 10+ offices, including 7053 Rivers Ave, in North Charleston, SC.

For more information and legal disclosures, visit

George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers
7011 Rivers Ave
North Charleston, SC 29406

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