What To Do If You Are Burned By A Pressure Cooker
If you were burned by a defective pressure cooker that suddenly exploded, you may be entitled to financial compensation. This article provides guidance to help preserve your personal injury claim if you got hurt by a pressure cooker that exploded despite the safety mechanisms on the pressure cooker.
What is a Pressure Cooker?A pressure cooker is an airtight pot that uses steam pressure to quickly cook food. More and more families are preferring pressure cooking to traditional stove top or oven cooking because of its convenience. Many pressure cookers can cook an entire pot roast in as little as 30 minutes.
Pressure cookers are typically sold at retailers such as Amazon, Walmart, Sears, Bed Bath & Beyond, Kohls, and many more.
Pressure Cookers Can ExplodeSadly, defects in the design, manufacture, or marketing could cause a pressure cooker to explode, leaving consumers with serious injuries. Many electric pressure cookers come with several safety mechanisms in place to prevent the lid from opening while the pressure cooker is under pressure. Unfortunately, numerous injury claims have been reported where the user was still able to open the electric pressure cooker while it was pressurized.
Types of Pressure Cooker InjuriesInjuries caused by a pressure cooker can be serious. For one thing, the contents of a pressure cooker are extremely hot, and can max out at around 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Built up pressure can actually cause a defective cooker to explode and spray food and boiling hot liquid on the user, across the room and even onto the ceiling.
Common injuries caused by defective pressure cookers include:
• 2nd and 3rd degree burns to the face, chest, shoulders, and arms
• Blindness and other eye injuries
• Burns severe enough to require amputation or skin grafts
Preserving Your Pressure Cooker ClaimIf you were burned when your pressure cooker exploded, you should follow these important steps so that your product liability attorney can be best equipped to help you with your injury claim.
Take Photos: Taking photos and documenting your injury is extremely important. Depending on the severity, burns can heal very quickly and sometimes don’t even leave a scar. Without photos that show the severity of your burns, insurance companies will be quick to deny that you were injured at all. Injury photos are helpful to proving your claim if you don't have medical records.
It is also a good idea to take photos of the pressure cooker and of the debris field as well so that the opposing side can see just how severe the explosion was and the damage it caused to your property. You should also take a photographs of the manufacturer label on the pressure cooker. This can help locate the model number and manufacturer who made the pressure cooker.
Sometimes, pressure cooker companies, like Tristar Products, make similar looking pressure cookers. They may need additional photographs of the internal wiring because they used different manufacturers in China to make the same looking pressure cooker. The wiring can help Tristar determine which manufacturer actually made your pressure cooker. This should be done with agreement of the pressure cooker company.
Seek Medical AttentionOne of the most important things you can do after a pressure cooker injury is to seek out immediate medical help. Burns are often very serious and can lead to scarring. You should follow up with dermatologists, plastic surgeons, and other skin care specialists following this kind of injury to ensure proper healing and to document your injuries. Going to urgent care or the hospital may be sufficient depending on the extent of the burns.
Preserve the Pressure CookerAn item that causes you harm is normally an item you want to quickly throw out, but you should preserve the pressure cooker and keep it in your possession following an injury. Preserving the pressure cooker is important for investigative purposes. The defective cooker can be used to determine what caused the pressure cooker to malfunction and explode.
Also be sure to preserve any packaging that the pressure cooker came in as well as the instruction manual if you still have it.
Locate and Keep Your ReceiptsIf you still have the receipt from when you purchased your pressure cooker, be sure to keep it in a safe place. This can help locate the place where you bought it, as many states allow juries to hold both the manufacturer and product seller responsible for your injuries.
Also make note of the retailer or online store that you purchased the cooker from.
Hire the Best Pressure Cooker Lawyer for Your CaseHiring the best attorney for you may be one of the most crucial decisions you make following an injury cause by a pressure cooker explosion. It is important to find an attorney who has experience handling these unique claims that are unlike most other personal injury cases.
Many personal injury attorneys advertise that they handle product liability claims, but not all have the same experience. Some may have never handled a pressure cooker injury lawsuit. Our product liability lawyers, for example, have handled pressure cooker injury claims against many companies, including more than 20 claims against Tristar Products for allegedly defective Power Pressure Cooker electric cookers.
Time May Be LimitedEach state generally limits the time you have to make a claim if you were injured in a pressure cooker explosion or spill. Contact a pressure cooker lawyer as soon as possible if you were hurt to see if you are entitled to compensation for your injuries, pain and suffering, medical expenses and possibly other damages.