First lawsuit is filed against Samsung for injuries caused by an exploding Galaxy Note 7

First lawsuit is filed against Samsung for injuries caused by an exploding Galaxy Note 7
The other shoe has dropped. A Florida man named Jonathan Strobel has filed what is believed to be the first lawsuit against Samsung, pertaining to the fires and explosions brought on by defective Galaxy Note 7 units. Strobel suffered severe burns after the phablet exploded in his front pants pocket. He was walking inside a Costco store on September 9th at the time of the incident.

Reaching into his pocket, Strobel suffered a burned thumb, and his right leg received a severe burn. Kieth Pierro, Strobel's attorney, said that his client "...has a deep second-degree burn, roughly the size of the phone, on his right thigh. Unfortunately for my client the recall came too late." This is where Samsung's decision not to officially recall the phone until September 15th could bite them in the ass. Even though Samsung recalled the phone on September 2nd, it was a voluntary recall. Consumer Reports pointed that out the very next day.

On the other hand, the media (PhoneArena included) continually implored Galaxy Note 7 users to turn off the phone. Those warnings appeared earlier than the September 9th date when Strobel was injured. While we don't practice law, we would imagine that Samsung will point to the number of warnings in the media and question why the plaintiff not only kept his phone powered on, but took a big risk by putting it in his front pants pocket. But Samsung should be prepared to get lambasted over its tardy decision to officially recall the phablet.

The manufacturer says it will not comment on pending litigation. The suit, filed in Florida state court in Palm Beach county, seeks unspecified damages for bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other injuries alleged by the plaintiff.

We should see more suits against Samsung filed shortly. According to U.S. safety regulators, in the states Samsung has received 92 reports of Galaxy Note 7 batteries overheating, 26 reports of burns and 55 reports of property damage.

Ironically, on the same date that Strobel was injured, we told you that a lawsuit against Samsung had been filed by one Daniel Ramirez. The latter suffered second and third degree burns when his Samsung Galaxy S7 edge exploded in his shirt pocket. Ramirez had to undergo painful skin grafts while hospitalized for his injuries.

source: Reuters

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92 Comments

94. tigers_kitten

Posts: 5; Member since: Dec 07, 2014

there were warnings everything by September 2 by September 5th EVERYONE had heard about the danger that it posed. Internet, Television, news paper, Carriers warning customers to "power off their device and stop using immediately" this guy had to have received notice from his carrier and possibly even by Samsung. c'mon ... lol seriously?! This guy was an idiot for even risking it, and i am sure at least one person said, why are you using that, doesn't the battery blow up? shame, shame Jonathan Strobel we know your name.

89. earn1sec

Posts: 23; Member since: Jul 19, 2016

ding ding american jobbers want free money ....

85. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

This is going to turn into a class action, no way to avoid it. I'm sure, somewhere, someone, is keeping their Note in the hopes that it will explodes or/and catch on fire. I'm sure Samsung is wishing they stuck with the Note number chronology, because seven, is definitely not their Lucky number.

83. Ninetysix

Posts: 2967; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Boom!

70. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Ok, I'm going to call bulls**t on some of these. When the Note 7 first came out there were like what? 1 incident per week? Samsung makes a PSA Recall and suddenly, everyone's Note 7 decided to simultaneously combust and explode? Now PA is churning out almost 2 exploding/combusting Note 7 stories a day. Are you kidding me? This is not how science works.

42. darkkjedii

Posts: 31807; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

C'mon 9-21-16. I'm ready for a black onyx.

64. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Don't like the blue one anymore? Lol I'm with you. I got to palybwith the blue and silver and black and I like the black better.

69. tedkord

Posts: 17532; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Black Onyx? I thought you were a blue guy.

35. dmitrilp_

Posts: 330; Member since: Sep 12, 2016

Hope Samsung does voluntarily compensate the client but this BS about "SUFFERING" that right there makes you wanna punch people in the face for being such pus**es

29. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Tough luck Sammy, next time don't rush to beat the iPhone launch, compromising on quality control, you'll gain nothing but losses after losses like this.

63. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

So releasing a device one month early is rushing? Hmmmm the S6 and S7 and Note 5 were all released a month earlier. We're thwir any issues? The issue isbthr fault of a single supplier. Come ome man, you ahve never trolled, please dont start because you were always one of the true tech fans here.

81. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

You mean true Sammy fans.

91. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Yeah, a true fan who's never owned any of their Smartphones...idiot.

90. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Not trolling, they should have tested the device with various chargers given all the headlines of USB Type C chargers damaging devices.

87. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Not really that, was more that battery delivery was split between new place and old supplier, new supplier apparently had a bad batch, and there you go.

25. Hoggington

Posts: 356; Member since: Feb 23, 2016

The Verge reported in the last few days, that only about 150,000 Note 7's, have been returned in the US. That's out of about 1 million. Little scary to think there's still about 800,000 N7's, still in people's pockets and purses, all over the states. And elsewhere no doubt. Samsung will settle with these people. They definitely don't want any drawn out court cases, that keeps this in the news, into next year.

24. newuser1

Posts: 276; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

I think most of cases are happended during charging. phones can start explode in pants at idle or middle of nowhere too?

77. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

23. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

"This is where Samsung's decision not to officially recall the phone until September 15th could bite them in the ass". Yeah this will bite them good.

12. vampyren

Posts: 22; Member since: Apr 26, 2013

I think Samsung should sue this guy for stupidity! There has been so much media coverage about this that it is impossible to miss it. Also operators inform the users. Case closed.

10. bubbadoes

Posts: 1225; Member since: May 03, 2012

shame on samsung. cutting corners has now cost them. was a time when all parts of the galaxy said made in korea---even the battery. way back to the s3 now outsourcing and greed with a desire to outpace Apple pushed them to cutting corners and going to China

6. noospic

Posts: 12; Member since: Aug 28, 2016

Americans apparently don't understand personal safety, 92 cases of phones exploding even after a recall...

5. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Yup in the country where you can get money from getting burned on coffee. You can get money from anything not matter how stupid it is.....

7. thegeneral7010

Posts: 437; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

I wish if it explodes in your in your a $$ then u will know wat does burns mean.

8. kiko007

Posts: 7525; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

It's ridiculous that this guy is gonna win this case, but it's even more ridiculous that people are defending a Korean super corporation against the consumer. I'm honestly a little impressed at how hard the lot of you are jocking Samsung after this. I mean, it is THEIR fault he got burned due to their faulty product. I digress...

13. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

And it's even more ridiculous that you're literally defending con artists. It happened a week ago, which means that man must surely have been aware of the Note7 explosions. e-mails and text messages were issued by Samsung and the carriers to power off the Note7s with faulty batteries. He got burned due to his own shenanigan, in order to get a payday.

15. kiko007

Posts: 7525; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

I'm not defending either party. I'm just loving the contradiction lol......

17. thegeneral7010

Posts: 437; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

I remmeber u said that ure not gonna change your note 7, sure there will be many morons like u around the world trojan horse

28. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Why did that man still use his Note7, even while being aware of the explosions? It's his fault. If I decide to keep the Note7 with a faulty battery, then it explodes and burns me or my property, I won't sue anyone. When I make my bed, I'm man enough to lie on it! You're instead the moron, because you're bashing me for me what doesn't concern you.

30. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

*Edit: You're instead the moron, because you're bashing me for my choice and decision, which doesn't concern you in any way. I can criticize that man for his decision to keep using the Note7, because he sued Samsung after bearing the consequences of his decision. But you can't criticize me for still using the Note7 even after the warnings, because I've not sued anyone.

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