UPDATE: About About 914,430 Crock-Pot 6-Quart Express Crock Multi-Cookers have been recalled by Sunbeam due to burn risks caused by the multi-cooker’s ability to pressurize while the lid is not fully locked.
Imagine the following scenario: you come home from work to cook some soup in your pressure cooker. You go to open its lid when the soup is ready, but the safety valve is faulty. Scalding hot soup explodes all over your body when you open the lid, causing third degree burns. You slip in the soup and fall, shattering your leg. Now you’re on the hook for massive medical bills and you can’t even go to work to make money to pay them.
The pressure cooker explosion lawsuit attorneys of Nadrich & Cohen can help you if you’ve suffered similar injuries. Call us today at 1-800-718-4658 for a free consultation if you’ve been injured by a pressure cooker such as an Instant Pot. You may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries.
Defective Pressure Cooker Lawsuit
Pressure cookers use steam and heat to cook food quickly with high pressure, creating delicious meals much more quickly than conventional cooking techniques. The temperature inside pressure cookers runs about 250 F and the steam it uses to cook foods quickly can be very dangerous.
Pressure cookers have been known to explode when their gasket, seal, lid, vent or lock is faulty. Victims of these explosions have suffered disfigurement, broken bones, concussions, blindness, amputations, burns and damage to their homes.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a defective pressure cooker, do not dispose of the defective device. Immediately contact Nadrich & Cohen to speak with one of our lawyers handling Instant Pot and Pressure Cooker Explosion Lawsuits. Our attorneys offer a free consultation and will advise you of your legal options.
We never collect a fee for our recovery. Contact us today by calling 1-800-718-4658, using the live chat feature or completing the contact form on this page. A member of our injury team will immediately contact you for a free case evaluation.
Liability For Instant Pot & Pressure Cooker Explosions
Pressure cookers usually don’t explode under normal conditions. It is usually because of a defect when one does explode under normal conditions. Inadequate steam venting, defective gaskets that let the cooker be opened under high pressure and inadequate lid seals which can cause very hot spills are examples of pressure cooker defects.
Strict liability claims based on defects can be based on manufacturing defects or design defects.
Manufacturing defects are defects in the manufacturing process. This is usually a one-off issue; other pressure cookers of the same model typically don’t have the same issue. An example of this would be an improperly molded gasket.
Design defects, however, happen in all cookers of the same model because the design itself is flawed. It generally needs to be proven that a product you’re claiming has a design defect posed a foreseeable risk when manufactured and used as intended.
Strict liability claims do not require negligence to be established, but negligence can also be a factor in pressure cooker lawsuits. Defendants can be found negligent in pressure cooker lawsuits when the following elements are proven:
Duty: The defendant owed the plaintiff a duty of care.
Breach: The defendant breached this duty of care by distributing a defective pressure cooker.
Injury: The plaintiff was injured by the defective pressure cooker.
Causation: The breach of duty directly caused the injury to the plaintiff.
One can recover many types of damages in pressure cooker lawsuits, including medical bills, ER room treatment, disfigurement, surgery bills, loss of enjoyment, scarring, pain and suffering, mental anguish and loss of consortium.
Recalled Pressure Cooker Brands
Nadrich & Cohen is actively retaining victims of recalled pressure cookers. We represent those who have been injured by many recalled brands of pressure cookers, including but not limited to:
- ALDI Chef’s Collection
- Bella Cucina “Zip Cooker”
- Cook’s Essentials
- Double Insight
- Elite Bistro
- Elite Platinum
- Fagor America
- Instant Pot
- Ninja Foodi
- Philippe Richard
- Power Pressure Cooker XL
- Pressure cookers sold on QVC, including model PC501
- Tabletops Unlimited
- Tristar, including models PPC770, PPC780, PPC790, TRI6 and WAL1
- Wolfgang Puck
If you own a pressure cooker from any of these brands, you should check to make sure it hasn’t been recalled here.
Pressure Cooker Injuries
There were 39 cases of pressure cooker-associated ER visits in 2008, according to the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System. 17 of those involved exploding pressure cookers or liquids bursting from the pot.
Pressure cooker injuries can include mild to very severe burns, scarring, scalds, disfigurement, bleeding, cuts and scrapes, eye injuries and traumatic brain injuries. Broken bones can occur due to slips on spilled liquids.
A two-year-old girl in Florida once needed to have her leg amputated due to severe burns caused by an exploding pressure cooker.
If you or a loved one has been injured by an exploding pressure cooker device such as an Instant Pot, immediately contact Nadrich & Cohen Injury Attorneys now for a free consultation by calling 1-800-718-4658.
Pressure Cooker Explosion FAQs
Why did my pressure cooker explode?
A pressure cooker uses heat to boil liquids and allows steam to build up as the pressure increases. Most temperatures inside pressure cookers will run around 40º hotter than the boiling-point of water (212ºF). If a vent, lid, seal, gasket or lock is faulty and fails, a disastrous explosion could happen.
Pressure Cooker Safety Tips
- Before cooking, check your equipment.
- Don’t overfill the cooker.
- Use enough liquid.
- Take care when cooking foods that froth.
- Don’t pressure fry.
- Release pressure in a safe way.
- Clean the cooker properly.
Pressure Cooker Lawyers
Our aggressive, battle-tested lawyers have recovered over $350,000,000 on behalf of clients since 1990 and operate on a contingency fee basis so there is never any cost to you for their services. Our no fee promise means we only charge you a fee (a small percentage of your recovery) if we obtain a recovery for you.
Call us today at 1-800-718-4658 if you or a loved one was injured by a defective pressure cooker. You can also us the live chat feature or complete the free “Do I Have A Claim?” form on this page.