The lawsuit was filed by a man who said he was holding a LG K20 Plus phone in his right hand in May 2019 when it suddenly exploded and caused “serious and permanent injuries.”
He claims he suffered electrical burns, swelling of the muscles, nerve damage, chemical burns, and an inability to fully extend his fingers.
Those injuries ended his professional basketball career, he says.
LG is investigating the incident but has not determined the cause of the explosion.
Before his injury, he played college basketball at Mars Hill University in North Carolina. He graduated in 2013 and continued playing basketball overseas.
The lawsuit accuses LG Electronics Inc., T-Mobile and MetroPCS of manufacturing and selling a defective and dangerous phone.
He is seeking financial compensation for his injuries, medical expenses, future treatment, reduced quality of life, and lost wages.
T-Mobile and LG are not the only companies to be hit with lawsuits over exploding phone batteries. After Samsung recalled the Galaxy Note 7 due to explosions, at least 4 lawsuits were filed in 2016.
The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas — In RE: Thiam v. T-Mobile USA Inc. et al. — Case Number 4:19-cv-00633.