Pressure cookers and appliances that perform similar functions in the kitchen are popular with everyone from amateur, at-home cooks to professional chefs who work in in commercial kitchens. These cookers are used every day to prepare meals quickly and easily. In fact, you may have one these cookers in your kitchen right now.
The pressure these cookers build up is equivalent to the pressure generated within a forcefully shaken can of soda. The difference is that a pressure cooker operates at temperatures that raise the liquid contained in the cooker to more than 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Many people across the nation have suffered burns from scalding hot liquid contained within these cookers when they have malfunctioned.
As a result, many lawsuits have been filed against the manufacturers of these defective products, claiming burn injury damages. Some models have also been recalled.
Recent CPSC pressure cooker recalls
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued pressure cooker recalls affecting close to 40,000 Breville, Rena Ware, and Instant Pot models commonly sold by retailers such as Best Buy, Macy’s, and Amazon.
The most common injuries from pressure cookers are burn injuries, including everything from 1st to 3rd degree, inflicting damage over a large portion of a person’s body. Many of these injuries leave victims susceptible to infections, and in some cases result in amputation.
Pressure cooker risks and injuries
The most common types of pressure cooker injuries are second and third degree burns from explosions, spills of hot liquid, and steam.
Some of the pressure cooker defects that can lead to burn injuries are explained below:
- Explosions – a pressure cooker manufactured from weak or defective materials may make the cooker susceptible to an explosion even when the product is used properly according to directions.
- Spills – if the seals of the pressure cooker are improperly designed or manufactured, the contents of the cooker could violently spill out at very dangerous temperatures.
- Electric shocks – a pressure cooker lacking sufficient insulation could inflict an electric shock upon the user during contact
Injuries and burns from pressure cookers can result in scarring, scalding, hospital or ER visits, skin grafts or other types of surgery.
A pressure cooker injury lawsuit could help you recover from the injuries and other damages you have sustained. Some of these damages may include:
- Lost wages and other income loss
- Medical care and treatment costs
- Property damage costs
- Pain and suffering (including mental and emotional anguish)
If you have sustained injuries from a defective pressure cooker, you do not have to pursue the recovering of your damages alone. An experienced defective product attorney can help you at this difficult time.
At Phelan Petty, we stand as your strong advocates for justice and compensation if a defective or dangerous product such as pressure cooker has caused you injury. If you would like a free consultation about your case, one of our experienced, Richmond product liability attorneys can help. Give us a call today at 804.980.7100 or leave us a message through our contact form to request an appointment.