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The pressure cooker is a wonder for many home cooks and aspiring chefs.
A fantastic tool for cooking your favorite dishes tenderly, a pressure cooker can help you prepare delicious meals at home.
Unfortunately, news of pressure cookers exploding is becoming increasingly common.
Pressure cookers explode for various reasons like manufacturing defects, human error, or design defects.
If the explosion was caused by reasons other than human error, you may be eligible to file a claim against the pressure cooker manufacturing company to receive compensation.
If you suffered injuries from a defective pressure cooker, you need the right legal representative to help with your case.
At TorHoerman Law, we have a team of experienced attorneys who have decades of experience dealing with large companies and brands that have negligently injured consumers.
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Pressure cookers are common kitchen appliances used by millions across the country.
With the rise in popularity of pressure cookers has come reports detailing how these appliances can explode and seriously injure consumers at no fault of their own.
Several Pressure Cooker Lawsuits have been filed on behalf of injured consumers, and recalls have been announced due to dangerous pressure cookers exploding due to defects in the manufacturing process.
For some time now, several reports regarding exploding pressure cookers have been featured in state and national news reports.
In one case reported by CBS News Miami, a woman suffered severe burns from using a defective pressure cooker.
According to the victim, she released all the steam from the pressure cooker twice to ensure there wouldn’t be any pressure left when opened.
The manual on the pressure cooker details that it has a safety feature that prevents the pressure cooker from opening if pressure is still detected inside.
Because of this, the woman opened the lid, and since it worked, she assumed that all the pressure inside the cooker dissipated.
Unfortunately, the pressure cooker exploded along with the contents inside.
The boiling food caused severe second-degree burns on her body.
Because the safety feature failed to work in this case, the victim could file a claim against the manufacturer.
As mentioned, pressure cookers explode for three primary reasons.
With vast safety features incorporated into modern pressure cookers, explosions should be highly unlikely — but these accidents still happen.
If you’re curious why Instant Pot explosions occur, here are some of the most common reasons:
Ultimately, inadequate pressure control is the leading cause of pressure cooker explosions.
Although human mistakes could contribute to this occurrence, it all boils down to the manufacturer ensuring all safety features work efficiently.
With the large amount of litigation against dangerous pressure cookers, many household brand names are involved in these lawsuits.
Listed below are some of the popular pressure cooker brands that issued massive product recalls:
This list doesn’t include all other pressure cooker brands that issued a recall.
It’s also worth noting that only a certain product line was recalled in some of these brands.
If you want to ensure the quality of your pressure cooker, it’s best to consult the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (USCPSC) for more information.
Unlike traditional models, modern pressure cookers are built to be safer and easier to use.
However, defective products could easily make their way onto store shelves without rigorous quality checks and assurance.
Listed below are some common injuries related to flawed pressure cookers:
Defective pressure cookers cause severe injuries that could be expensive to treat.
If you’ve suffered physical trauma from a pressure cooker explosion, you may have to receive the following treatments.
Skin grafts are the primary treatment for second to third-degree burns.
This surgical procedure takes skin from the hidden and unaffected parts of your body and transplants it to the burned area.
Depending on the severity of your injury, you may need more than one procedure to restore your skin’s appearance.
Physical therapy may be required if the affected area is a limb or joint.
This process strengthens the muscles and joints to restore their full range of motion and restore your body to perfect shape.
Physical therapy often takes a few months to get your motor function back to pre-accident condition.
As shown in the previous section, pressure cooker accident victims could sustain psychological trauma.
If the injury is severe and lasts long-term, therapy may be necessary to restore your mental health.
Depending on the severity of your injury, you may need surgery to remove dead or damaged tissue.
If the accident has caused severe damage to your internal organs, multiple surgeries could be required.
Apart from surgeries, you might have to deal with the potential of infection, so you’d need to take antibiotics.
If you sustained significant damage, or a loved one was injured by a defective pressure cooker, here are some steps to help you take legal steps against the negligent manufacturer:
After the accident, you should call 911 immediately.
If you can, you should perform first aid or ask for assistance from someone nearby until the emergency personnel arrives.
Medical attention should be your priority, no matter how minor or major the injury is. Burn injuries can be nasty, and leaving them exposed and untreated can lead to severe infections.
Once you’re back on your feet, you should start collecting evidence related to the accident.
This includes taking pictures of the defective pressure cooker and documenting your medical records.
Any proof of financial distress due to the injury should also be gathered, such as hospital bills and other expenses.
As stated above, taking photos and videos of the accident scene is vital in evidence retention.
Obviously, you can’t take pictures if you are seriously injured.
In this case, it would be best to have someone in your house do it for you or ask the emergency personnel to do it.
Once you have the evidence you need to file a personal injury case, it’s time to seek a product defect lawyer to help you.
Successful lawsuit claims can help you get the just compensation you deserve for your damages.
This compensation covers all your medical expenses (medical bills, rehabilitation costs, etc.), lost wages, pain and suffering, and other costs associated with the injury.
Cases involving defective pressure cookers fall under product liability, a branch of personal injury law.
The pressure cooker’s manufacturer, supplier, and distributor may be held liable for injuries sustained by their defective product.
If you win your case, you’ll need to discuss compensation.
The court might award you for all the damages you endured due to negligence, such as medical bills and lost wages.
With the help of an experienced attorney from Torhoerman Law, you can maximize the potential compensation you’ll receive from your case.
The civil litigation process requires extreme attention to detail and can be overwhelming for someone who does not possess extensive legal knowledge.
A defective pressure cooker lawyer will need to be able to prove the liability of the manufacturer for any injuries that you have suffered.
Additionally, you will be obligated to show proof of mitigation, meaning that you have made a concerted effort to treat your injuries.
It is imperative to file your claim as soon as possible.
If you wait too long, the statute of limitations may expire, and your claim will become void.
If have been a victim of a pressure cooker explosion, see your doctor as soon as possible to receive the care necessary and see if surgery or immediate care will be needed.
It’s important to treat any injury related to a pressure cooker explosion as early as possible.
Make sure to follow orders from medical professionals and do everything in your power to mitigate future economic impacts related to your injury.
After getting the proper medical treatment, contact a TorHoerman Law for a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss your best legal options with an experienced attorney from our firm.
Hiring a personal injury attorney is an important first step.
Be sure to seek representation from an attorney who is experienced, well-resourced, and dedicated to your case.
An experienced personal injury attorney will be able to guide you along the legal process and ensure that you receive the maximum amount of compensation for the losses that you have suffered.
If you have suffered any sort of injury related to a defective pressure cooker, you may be entitled to compensation from the manufacturer.
Damages refer to the total amount of losses, economic and non-economic, incurred as a result of an accident or injury.
TorHoerman Law’s defective pressure cooker attorneys will help you get the compensation you deserve.
Potential damages that can be recovered include:
If you or a loved one have suffered injuries or severe burns after your pressure cooker exploded, you may be eligible to file a Pressure Cooker Lawsuit against the manufacturer.
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Excess of steam pressure inside a pressure cooker is normally dissipated with a release valve that both maintains enough pressure inside but discards the excess.
When a valve becomes clogged with debris, such as food or dust, the way for excess steam pressure to be released is blocked.
Inadequate venting can cause either the pressure cooker to explode from extreme internal pressure or explode from sudden pressure release upon opening the lid.
Main causes of Pressure Cooker Explosions include:
Safety features such as safety locks and other design choices can reduce the risk for pressure cooker explosions.
As defects are being reported by consumers, the following brands are being recalled by the Consumer Protection Safety Commission:
Several pressure cookers have been named in lawsuits that allege serious injuries from explosions and other defects.
Particular models name in Pressure Cooker Explosion Lawsuits include, but are not limited to: