Defective pressure cookers can cause severe injuries to users in their homes. Our experienced team of personal injury lawyers has seen a growing number of injuries related to faulty pressure cookers. At J. Cogburn Law, we are not afraid to take on big companies to protect your rights to fair compensation.
Pressure cookers have become more popular over the last few years as their manufacturers thought they were a health-conscious and safe way to quickly prepare a meal. Now, more and more people have reported pressure cooker explosions that have caused them severe injuries and burns.
Our dedicated and professional pressure cooker injury lawyers are fighting for compensation in Las Vegas and Henderson. Contact us today, you may be entitled to compensation if you or a loved one has been injured by a defective pressure cooker.
What Is A Pressure Cooker?
A pressure cooker is an appliance used for quickly and easily cooking food. Some manufacturers assure that their pressure cookers can make food up to 70% faster than any other method.
Unfortunately, there are a number of pressure cooker brands that have been recalled from the market, including:
- Crock-Pot Express Pressure Cooker
- Cuisinart Pressure Cooker
- Elite Bistro Pressure Cooker
- Prestige Smartplus Pressure Cooker
- Tristar Power Pressure Cooker XL
- Philippe Richards Pressure Cooker
- Instant Pot Pressure Cooker
- NuWave Nutri-Pot Pressure Cooker
- Wolfgang Puck Pressure Cooker
- Mirro Pressure Cooker
- Breville Fast Slow Cooker
- Wolfgang Puck Pressure Cooker
- Fagor Pressure Cooker
- Ninja Foodi and Ninja Instant
Why Pressure Cookers Explode
Pressure cookers are naturally dangerous, given the high heat temperatures they create and the large amount of steam pressure that builds up. Any substandard or defective manufacturing can result in the cooker exploding or releasing high heat steam unexpectedly. When they explode, they can send all of their contents into the air, and they often fly onto people’s faces or bodies.
Retailers and manufacturers who sold faulty or defective products that caused burns or injuries must be held liable for providing people with dangerous products. Our defective pressure cooker legal team at J. Cogburn Law is currently looking into cases like this with some of the brands listed above. Some dangerous products are still being sold by various stores, even after consumers filing complaints to the CPSC. Some of the design errors that have left consumers seriously injured include:
- Defective safety valves
- Failure to warn consumers of the pressure cooker’s dangers
- Defective safety pins
- Faulty gaskets
- Defective steam venting that leads to explosions
What Kind Of Injuries Are Caused By Faulty Pressure Cookers?
The injuries that are often reported by pressure cooker explosions include burns from the contents in the cooker, such as burns to the face, chest, torso, and arms of the consumer. Other serious injuries can happen to the eyes and cause loss of vision.
Injuries caused by hot liquids are very serious. They can end up in hospitalization, plastic surgery, and extensive medical care. This will likely leave the victim with disfigurements and permanent scars.
What to Do After a Pressure Cooker Explosion
If you were injured by a pressure cooker explosion it is important to get medical attention right away. After the accident, you have to take certain steps to preserve your pressure cooker so that it can be inspected. If you can, keep the receipt and the original packaging box. Then, contact an experienced product liability lawyer who knows how to fight for your rights.
Who Is Liable For a Pressure Cooker Injury?
The short answer is: it really depends on the case. However, if a consumer was injured by a pressure cooker because it was defective, a design flaw, manufacturing, poor labeling of risks, etc. they definitely have a case and they should fight to get compensation for their injuries.
Is It Possible To File A Pressure Cooker Injury Lawsuit?
If you were injured by a defective pressure cooker, you have the right to file a claim against the seller and manufacturer of the product. There have been many lawsuits filed by injured consumers. In many cases, the CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) has recalled the pressure cooker involved.
While a pressure cooker injury may seem appropriate for class action lawsuits, in many cases even an individual lawsuit may be in your best interest.
Class Action Lawsuit
A class-action lawsuit is good for injured clients when there is a large number of victims with the same injuries. That makes it easier to obtain class status and allows for a fair distribution of the settlement. But, these class actions sometimes don’t fit everybody involved. Some victims may have more severe injuries that aren’t always treated fairly when it comes to paying out a settlement.
This is when an individual lawsuit comes in handy.
Like we mentioned above, class action lawsuits are more of a one size fits all lawsuit. Unfortunately, not all victims may have been injured the same way. Some victims may have worse injuries and may be pressured to accept a low settlement offer. This is when an individual lawsuit comes in handy.
An individual lawsuit allows the victim to be in control. Our experienced product liability lawyers can tailor a trial strategy and even negotiation tactics to get the best result for their clients.
How Much Can I Expect For a Pressure Cooker Lawsuit Settlement?
Faulty product lawsuits are after two types of damages. First, non-economic damages such as scarring and disfigurement, fright and shock, and pain and suffering, among others. Second, the lawsuits can seek economic damages such as medical bills and lost wages.
In Nevada, it is allowed to seek punitive damages against the faulty product manufacturer. These settlements can be substantial. The amount varies depending on the severity of the victim’s injuries and medical treatment.
What Can A Pressure Cooker Injury Lawyer Do For Me?
If you have been involved in a pressure cooker accident, we can help you with every aspect of this claim, including:
- Properly investigating the accident
- Calculating the value of your damages
- Collecting all of the evidence and supporting documents
- Preparing and filing your claim
- Negotiating with the manufacturers and their lawyers
- Fighting to help get you the maximum compensation
Starting A Pressure Cooker Lawsuit
If you or a loved one has been injured by a flawed pressure cooker or instant pot, you’re entitled to compensation. Depending on the injuries these figures can fluctuate between six and eight-figure settlements. Please don’t hesitate to call the product liability lawyers at J. Cogburn Law. We handle these cases on a national level so it doesn’t matter what state the injury occurred in. Call us now at (727) 747-6000.