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If you were injured after an explosion involving a pressure cooker kitchen appliance, you may be able to bring a pressure cooker lawsuit for your injuries.

Pressure cookers are popular kitchen appliances intended to make meal preparation faster and easier. These appliances can be useful tools–however, due to their inherent design to cook food using 10-15 psi of constant pressure, they can also create serious safety hazards in the kitchen. 

Picture of Instant Pot Pressure CookerBased on findings from the National Library of Medicine, there are 4.5 Pressure Cooker injuries per day in the U.S. that result in a trip to emergency medical services (urgent care or emergency room). While some of these injuries may be caused by human error and disregard for safety, in our firm’s experience, we have uncovered that a significant amount of these injuries are a result of a faulty product.

If you have sustained an injury while using a pressure cooker, you may be entitled to bring a lawsuit for damages. Damages can give you the financial means you need to heal from your injuries and keep up with other expenses such as rent, mortgage, and cost of living.

Pressure cookers are popular because they’re quick and convenient – which is why millions of people in the U.S. use them in their home kitchens. Individuals who are just trying to cook a meal for their families may find themselves injured by a pressure cooker explosion or accident. 

Appliance manufacturers have a legal duty to create safe products for the general public. If you have been injured in a pressure cooker accident, you may want to consult with an attorney who can help you pursue a lawsuit for damages. 

The attorneys at Harlan Law are actively taking cases and fighting for those who have been injured by pressure cookers. Contact us online or by calling (619) 870-0802 to schedule your no-cost consultation today.

What Damages Are Available in Pressure Cooker Lawsuits? 

Home appliance manufacturers have a legal duty to create safe products for their customers. When manufacturers fail to meet safety standards by creating defective or malfunctioning products, they must be held responsible. 

A personal injury lawsuit can help you file a product liability lawsuit for damages against the accountable parties and help you secure the compensation you need to move forward. Damages that may be recovered in a pressure cooker lawsuit may include: 

  • Medical Expenses: You may be able to recover for the costs associated with medical treatment, including hospitalization, surgeries, medication, rehabilitation, and ongoing medical care related to injuries caused by the defective pressure cooker.
  • Pain and suffering: Pain and suffering damages are intended to compensate you for the physical and emotional pain, suffering, and distress experienced as a result of the injuries. 
  • Property damages: An attorney can help you pursue reimbursement for damage to property. This can include damage to the pressure cooker itself and any other property affected by the accident, such as if there is a fire.
  • Lost wages: If you were unable to work and lost income during recovery, a lawyer can help make sure that you receive adequate financial compensation. This may include future lost earning capacity if the injuries result in long-term or permanent disability.
  • Punitive damages: In some situations, punitive damages may be awarded to punish the manufacturer or distributor of the defective pressure cooker for particularly reckless or malicious behavior. Punitive damages are not always awarded and are subject to specific legal criteria that can be discussed further during a free consultation.

Remember that the amount of damages that may be available to you can vary depending on the circumstances of the case, the injuries sustained, and the legal claims pursued. An experienced attorney who specifically has worked with clients on defective, exploding pressure cookers can provide you with far more reliable and accurate answers to your questions during a no-cost, confidential consultation. These consultations can be done over the phone, by Zoom, and in person at our offices, your home, or in the hospital. 

If you have been injured due to a defective pressure cooker, you may seek compensation for various types of damages. Contact Harlan Law online or by calling (619) 870-0802 to learn more about how a personal injury lawyer can help you.

Pressure Cooker & Instant Pot Explosions 

Pressure cooker explosions can occur without warning. First hand, we have discovered hundreds of people have been injured in pressure cooker malfunctions and explosions. According to the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS), there were over 28,000 injuries estimated to have occurred between 2003 and 2019. Injuries from a defective pressure cooker can be severe and may take years to properly heal. 

Pressure cookers are so powerful that some explosions can cause property damage to people’s kitchens and houses. After an incident like this, many victims file personal injury lawsuits against the manufacturers of these appliances. 

A settlement or judgment from a lawsuit can help cover the costs of medical treatment, lost wages from being unable to work, and any pain or emotional suffering you’ve experienced as a result of your accident. An instant pot lawsuit or a pressure cooker lawsuit may be necessary to help you recover. 

Why Do Pressure Cookers Explode? 

Pressure cookers have safety mechanisms built in that are meant to prevent explosions. Unfortunately, and often due to a corporation’s desire for higher profitability, corners are cut in manufacturing and quality control resulting in the failure of the safety mechanism. The results can often damage a kitchen, however, our firm frequently represents clients who have been near the pressure cooker when it fails, resulting in serious injuries and burns. 

Dozens of people have come to our firm after their pressure cooker exploded, and I can tell you the photos of the burns and injuries are heart-wrenching. It is difficult to imagine the severe pain my clients have gone through. From facial scorching to limbs and private areas, these burns can result in lifelong injuries. At minimum, all of our clients have to endure the pain and recovery from these injuries which can disrupt their lives from being able to work, care for their kids, or even get a good night’s rest. It infuriates me that a manufactuer sees an opportunity to make more money by producing a defective product that people rely on to feed their families. I have held these companies accountable in the past, and will continue to do so until these products have a safe design so that this does not happen to someone else, or worse, to a child. – Jordon Harlan

Pressure cookers are popular kitchen appliances intended to make meal preparation faster and easier. These appliances can be useful tools–however, due to their inherent design to cook food using 10-15 psi of constant pressure, they can also create serious safety hazards in the kitchen. 

Factors contributing to pressure cooker explosions may include defective design or manufacturing, faulty safety features, and seal malfunctions. The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued several recalls for pressure cookers that pose a risk to users. 

One of the most recent pressure cooker recalls includes:

  • Insignia pressure cooker in 6-Quart Multi-Function Pressure Cooker in model numbers: NS-MC60SS8, NS-MC60SS8, NS-MC60SS9, NS-MC80SS9 and inner cooker pots with model numbers NS-MCRP6NS9 and NS-MCRP6SS9
  • ​​Bella, Bella Pro Series pressure cookers in model numbers: JY-PC20US-5P, JYPC24US-8P, JY-PC26US-11P
  • Crux pressure cookers in electric unit 14721
  • Cooks electric pressure cookers in electric unit 22276

A pressure cooker explosion can cause serious injuries including:

  • Severe burns or scald injuries
  • Eye and corneal injuries
  • Traumatic injuries, including brain injuries

If you have been injured due to a defective pressure cooker, consult with a personal injury attorney who has a focus on product liability cases. They can assess the details of your situation, understand the product, assist with finding medical care, and determine if you have a viable claim. At Harlan Law, all consultations are free and confidential and you have no obligation to pursue a claim. However, if you decide to file a pressure cooker lawsuit, we will lead you through the entire legal process. It is our job to navigate the legal proceedings, while you heal and return to enjoying your life as it was before the explosion. 

Contact an Experienced Pressure Cooker Lawyer 

A pressure cooker lawyer can help you pursue a personal injury lawsuit if you have been injured while using the appliance. The team at Harlan Law has achieved many successes for their clients. We have pursued hundreds of cases and have achieved millions of dollars in settlements and jury awards on behalf of our clients. 

Contact our team of dedicated attorneys online or by calling our offices at (619) 870-0802. We are standing by to help you take the first step in the legal process.