Our defective exploding product injury lawyers handle cases for victims of pressure cooker explosions. The harm caused by these exploding pressure cookers is devastating and leads to significant hospitalization, medical care, and permanent injuries.
If you or someone you care about was injured by a pressure cooker, contact our law office today. Our attorneys will start our investigation of your case immediately.
What is a Pressure Cooker?
The pressure cooker is an appliance used to cook food quickly and easily. Some manufacturers claim their pressure cookers can prepare food up to 70% faster than conventional methods.
Several companies manufacture and sell pressure cookers to the public. The popular models, some of which have caused serious danger to consumers, include:
- Tristar Product Power Pressure Cooker XL
- Instant Pot Pressure Cookers
- Maxi-Matic Elite Pressure Cookers
- TableTop Unlimited Philippe Richard Pressure Cooker
- Breville Fast Slow Pro Pressure Cooker
- Fagor Pressure Cookers
- Wolfgang Puck Pressure Cooker
- Cook’s Essentials Pressure Cooker
These pressure cookers are sold by many different retailers, including:
- Best Buy
- Bed Bath & Beyond
How Does a Pressure Cooker Work?
The pressure cooker has an air tight lid that locks and heats steam inside. The high-pressure environment forces liquid and pressure into the food, creating an intense flavor and allowing the food to cook quickly. Although most pressure cookers are equipped with safety features, there are numerous serious injuries caused from explosions.
Why Do Pressure Cookers Explode?
The mechanism by which a pressure cooker prepares food can pose a danger to consumers.
A pressure cooker can explode because a high amount of pressure is trapped inside the appliance. When the lid is finally opened, the built-up pressure can cause the food to explode onto the consumer. Some explosions are caused by faulty parts or other defects of the appliance itself.
The danger is heightened when cooking certain types of foods. Consumers are often preparing foods such as beans and collard greens when their pressure cookers explode. The expanding and contracting nature of these foods contributes to the explosion.
What to Do if a Pressure Cooker Explodes
If possible, take photographs of the appliance and its contents as soon as you can after the explosion. Make sure that you save the cooker after it explodes so it can be inspected by one of our defective product investigators.
You should also try to locate your receipt to prove where you bought it and the date of purchase. If you still have the original box and instruction book, you will need to provide those to us as well. They provide great evidence for your case.
Types of Injuries Caused By Exploding Pressure Cookers
Injuries reported from pressure cooker explosions are most often burns from the hot contents of the cooker. Primarily, burns occur on the face, arms, chest, and torso of the consumer. Serious injuries to the eyes can occur as well and can cause blindness or loss of vision.
Hot liquid burn injuries are often very serious. They can lead to hospitalization, extensive medical care, and plastic surgery. This often leaves the victim with permanent scars and disfigurements.
Can I File a Pressure Cooker Explosion Lawsuit?
If you were injured by an exploding pressure cooker, you have the legal right to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer and seller of the product. Several lawsuits have been filed by consumers harmed by pressure cooker devices.
In some cases, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has recalled certain pressure cookers.
How Much Are Pressure Cooker Lawsuit Settlements?
Dangerous and defective product lawsuits seek two types of damages. First, the lawsuits seek compensation for pain and suffering, fright and shock, scarring and disfigurement, and other types of non-economic claims. Second, the suits seek settlements for medical bills and lost wages.
Some states allow punitive or exemplary damages against the product manufacturer. These awards can be substantial. The settlement amount varies from case to case depending on the severity of the injuries and extent of the medical treatment.
Get Started by Contacting Our Pressure Cooker Lawsuit Lawyers
All states have statutes of limitations, or time deadlines, for filing dangerous product lawsuits. To find out if you have a case, contact our legal team immediately so we can begin our investigation.
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