Can I get compensation if my Ipod exploded and burned in my bag for no apparent reason?

Before I left to a friends house, I charged my Ipod and tossed it in my handbag and on my way smoke started coming out of my bag. I opened the car door and tossed my bag on the street to see what was burning so I went ahead and put my hand in there and got slightly burned. I realized it was my ipod that was burning.

Asked on July 21, 2010 under Personal Injury, California

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

1) Contact Apple--they may be willing to provide compensation for you.

2) If Apple is not willing to compensate you, your only option for compensation would be to sue them over a defective product (product liability)--assuming that the iPod was defective. If the product was defective, you could recover some or all of: a) any medical costs; b) any lost wages; c) other property destroyed by the iPod; d) the iPod itself. Of course, lawsuits can be expensive, and product liability suits can be difficult for a layperson--you would very likely need an attorney. Unless your losses exceed $1,000, it is probably not worth discussing the matter with a lawyer, though if one will provide a free initial consultation, there's no harm in having that first discussion.

3) Check on the web to see if other people have had the same problem; if they have, possibly there's a class action suit you could  become part of.


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