If you or a loved one have been injured while using an Instant Pot or other pressure cooker device, you should contact Carr and Carr Attorneys for a FREE consultation. We have been helping injury victims in Oklahoma and nationwide for almost 50 years. Call us at 866-510-0580.
Am I entitled to compensation if I’m injured by a pressure cooker?
If you have been injured by an Instant Pot or other pressure cooker because of a defect, you may be eligible to receive compensation from the manufacturer, designer and retail seller to cover your damages, such as medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. Carr and Carr has experience helping people injured by Instant Pots, pressure cookers and other kitchen appliances.
What is an Instant Pot?
Instant Pot is a brand of pressure cooker or multicookers. Pressure cookers work by creating heat under a tight seal, so the temperature is much higher than the boiling point of water and the steam can’t escape. The steam cooks food much more quickly than traditional stovetop or oven cooking.
The Instant Pot was released in 2010 but became popular in 2016. An estimated 53 million Americans own an Instant Pot. The main reason it has become so popular across the nation is people love how quick it cooks food. A 1-pound chicken breast is fully roasted or cooked in 6-8 minutes, 1 cup of rice in 4 minutes and whole broccoli stalks in 2 minutes.
Why is it believed that some pressure cookers, such as Instant Pots, are exploding?
There are various theories as to what’s causing pressure cookers, such as Instant Pots, to explode. First, most pressure cookers display a signal to the consumer that it is safe to remove the lid. However, sometimes pressure cookers signal it’s safe to remove the lid when it’s not. The lid is supposed to be designed so that it cannot be removed unless it’s safe to do so. However, some pressure cookers are defective because a consumer is able to remove the lid when it’s still under immense pressure. Consequently, the consumer proceeds to remove the lid mistakenly believing that it’s ready to be removed when it’s not. This causes the contents of the pressure cookers to shoot up and strike the consumer in the face or other body parts with significant burns. Often times, the contents include boiling liquids and other foods.
What are the dangers associated with pressure cookers, such as Instant Pots?
Pressure cookers, such as Instant pots, cook food under high pressure and high temperatures. Reported injuries include disfiguring 2nd and 3rd degree burns, permanent blindness in one eye and the metal whistle lodged deep inside a skull, skin graft surgery, steam burns, scalds, permanent scarring, bleeding, traumatic brain injuries, concussion, infection, amputation, disfigurement, hospitalization, property damage and death. The exploding pressure cookers are also causing property damage. Reports of lids damaging ceilings, doors, cabinets, and other appliances.
A woman from Georgia has filed a lawsuit against Tristar Inc., the manufacturer of her Power Pressure Cooker XL, after she suffered severe burn injuries when the pressure cookers malfunctioned. The woman, Samantha W., claims that her Tristar Pressure Cooker “exploded and caused hot steam and other contents to be discharged and severely burn her body,” according to the lawsuit. She is not alone, there are pages of complaints on the Consumer Products Safety Commission website and not only for this brand but other brands of pressure cookers.
Has Carr and Carr handled cases involving Instant Pots?
Yes. Carr and Carr litigated cases involving Instant Pots as well as other kitchen appliances.
Does Carr and Carr charge to represent me for my injuries from an Instant Pot or other pressure cooker?
Carr and Carr does not charge an hourly fee or a retainer to represent people who’ve been injured by a pressure cooker. Instead, we charge only a contingency fee. This means that we only recover a percentage of the settlement or verdict that we are successful in obtaining for you. We don’t charge anything if we are unsuccessful.
Reported Injuries and Recalls?
Incidents of using the Instant Pot and other pressures correctly and it still exploding have been reported. These incidents have resulted in second-degree and third-degree burns. As the Instant Pot and other pressure cookers become even more popular and usage increases, there will be more cases of these injuries documented.
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