With a variety of products on the market today, it’s no wonder that home injuries are now more common than ever. Manufacturing standards are not always adequate, and even when items are assembled correctly, mistakes occur. Sometimes these defects can cause severe injury or even death.
Pressure Cooker Accidents Are More Frequent Than You Think
In Florida, there have been quite a few lawsuits regarding defective crockpot/pressure cookers that exploded boiling hot contents onto owners. A large portion of the victims received second and third-degree burns and had to be hospitalized. In one report, a small child was also burned.
Each plaintiff claims they carefully followed the operating instructions contained in the user’s manual and trusted that the appliance would operate as stated. Additionally, in each individual case, the pressure release valve failed, and when the victims opened the lid, the pressure cooker exploded, burning them and the surrounding area.
Home Injury Claims May be Complex
The legal issues associated with home injuries can be complicated. Determining who is responsible for the defective merchandise and making restitution is only one issue.
These lawsuits claim that the pressure cookers are not designed with proper safety features resulting in an explosion and the potential risk of death. Pressure cookers build enormous pressure while reaching temperatures of 250 degrees. A few of the brands named in these lawsuits are Sunbeam Products, Inc., Newell Brands, Instant Pot, Rena Ware, Breville, and Tristar.
Over the years, The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has recalled many pressure cookers and crock pots for posing a serious danger to consumers.
A Replacement Product is Not Good Enough
Often the manufacturer will request that the owner send back the defective cooker, offering a replacement. Under the law, however, these victims deserve compensation for their pain and suffering along with medical expenses and ongoing treatments. A replacement product is simply not good enough.
The most common injuries from home appliances are severe third-degree burns, infections, electrocutions, explosions, and mutilation.
If you or a loved one has suffered a home injury due to a defective consumer good, contact us today to see how we can help.