Pressure cookers are cooking vessels that use increased pressure to cook food more rapidly. During the cooking process, the internal pressure of the cooker increases, and so it is important that the pot has a strong seal and other safety mechanisms for keeping the lid secure. Pressure cookers are generally equipped with a safety valve that lets some steam out in the event that the pressure increases too much.
Pressure cooker explosions can occur in some cases where there is an issue with the seal, venting mechanism, or other aspect of the cooker. Pressure cooker accidents can be serious and can result in:
- Burn injuries;
- Property damage; and/or
- Various other types of injuries.
Like other kitchen appliance injury cases, injuries can be caused by other issues, such as an electrical shortage, overheating, or other product issues.
Who can be Held Liable for Injuries Caused by a Pressure Cooker Explosion?
In many cases, liability for injuries caused by a pressure cooker can be traced to the manufacturer of the product. This is especially the case where there is a defect with the pressure cooker product. An example of this is where there is a defect with the design, which makes it so that the pot creates an unusually high amount of pressure. In such cases, the manufacturer might be held liable for injuries caused by the defect.
In other instances, a person or business (such as a restaurant establishment) may be held liable for using a pressure cooker that they knew (or should have known) was dangerous. An example of this is where a cook uses an item that they knew was defective and subject to a pressure cooker recall.
What are the Legal Remedies for a Pressure Cooker Explosion Claim?
Pressure cooker explosions may require legal action. In these types of lawsuits, the legal remedy will typically involve a monetary damages award. The damages may cover losses like hospital and medical bills, property damage, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other costs.
In cases where many people were injured by the same type of pressure cooker, a product recall might be issued, and class action lawsuits may follow as well.
Should I Hire a Lawyer for Help with a Pressure Cooker Explosion Lawsuit?
Pressure cooker injuries can be serious. You may need to hire a consumer lawyer in your area if you or someone you know needs assistance with a legal claim. Your attorney can provide you with legal representation, guidance and advice throughout the process.