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.
Our pressure cooker explosion lawsuit attorneys can help you if you’ve suffered similar injuries. Call us today for a free consultation if you’ve been injured while pressure cooking using a kitchen appliance such as an Instant Pot pressure cooker. You may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries through an Instant Pot lawsuit. We have been representing defective product victims since 1990 and have recovered over $350,000,000 for our clients.
What Compensation Is Available In An Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Lawsuit?
If you have been injured by a pressure cooker, you may qualify for financial compensation for many things, including:
Pressure cooker accidents can cause injuries like severe burns. You might have already had these injuries treated and thus you’re already owing money in medical expenses. Your injuries might require future treatments which will lead to more bills as well. The defective pressure cooker lawyers at Nadrich & Cohen can help you recover compensation for any past or future medical bills associated with your pressure cooker accident.
If you got hurt so bad in a pressure cooker accident that you’re unable to work temporarily, or if you need to take time off from work to have your injuries treated, Nadrich & Cohen can help you recover financial compensation for your lost wages.
Loss Of Earning Capacity
If your pressure cooker injuries have hurt you so badly you’re unable to ever work again, or unable to ever work in the same field again, Nadrich & Cohen can help you recover compensation for any loss or reduction of your earning capacity related to your pressure cooker accident.
Pain And Suffering
The burns that pressure cooker accidents can cause can lead to excruciating physical pain. They can also be disfiguring, and this disfigurement can cause great mental suffering. We can help recover money to compensate you for any pain and suffering caused by your pressure cooker accident.
Is There An Instant Pot Class Action Lawsuit?
Instant Pot class action lawsuits have been filed. However, it may not be in your best interest to join a class action lawsuit. You may be eligible to recover far more money by filing an individual lawsuit instead if you were injured in an Instant Pot accident.
The lawyers at Nadrich & Cohen can explain to you your options and whether you can make more money by filing an individual lawsuit or joining a class action lawsuit. We can file an individual lawsuit on your behalf or we can help you join a class action lawsuit.
Call us today for a free consultation to find out whether filing an individual lawsuit or joining a class action lawsuit is right for you.
Pressure Cooker Accidents
Instant Pot 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 especially when recommended cook times are exceeded.
Electric 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.
We never collect a fee for our recovery. Contact us today by calling us, texting us from this page or completing the contact form on this page. A member of our law firm will immediately contact you for a free case evaluation. You could be eligible to a financial recovery in a defective pressure cooker lawsuit.
Instant Pot Explosions
Can Instant Pots explode? Pressure cookers usually don’t explode under normal conditions. In fact, most electric pressure cooker devices have adequate safety features. However, some of these popular kitchen appliances are defective. Defective pressure cookers can explode under normal conditions. Inadequate steam venting, defective gaskets that let the cooker be opened under high pressure and inadequate seals regarding a pressure cooker’s lid can lead to an Instant Pot explosion or lead to Instant Pot accidents.
Strict liability claims based on a defective, exploding Instant Pot 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. Individual samples of many Instant Pot models may have a manufacturing defect.
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:
- Injury: The plaintiff was injured by the defective pressure cooker.
- Causation: The breach of duty directly caused the injury to the plaintiff.
- Duty: The defendant owed the plaintiff a duty of care.
- Breach: The defendant breached this duty of care by distributing a defective pressure cooker.
One can recover many types of damages in a pressure cooker lawsuit, including medical bills, ER room treatment, disfigurement, surgery bills, loss of enjoyment, scarring, pain and suffering, mental anguish and loss of consortium. Those who think they may be eligible for financial compensation in defective pressure cooker lawsuits should call Nadrich & Cohen today for a free consultation.
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
- Insignia (Best Buy)
- Instant Pot by Instant Brands
- Ninja Foodi
- Philippe Richard
- Power Pressure Cooker XL
- Pressure cookers sold on QVC, including model PC501
- Sensio (Cooks, Crux, Bella)
- 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.
Injuries Which Might Be Caused By Instant Pot Pressure Cookers
Pressure cooker manufacturing defects may cause pressure cookers to malfunction while they are being used properly, potentially causing them to explode. When liquid is ejected from an exploding pressure cooker, it can end up all over the whole room and anyone in the room. This can cause anyone who comes into contact with the hot food to be burned, sometimes severely. Those who are injured by pressure cooker accidents might seek medical treatment for many injuries, including:
- Burns (including second degree burns and third degree burns)
- Eye injuries such as blindness or loss of vision
- Shrapnel injuries, such as broken bones or cuts
- Brain injuries
- Blood loss
Those who are injured by pressure cookers probably don’t expect to be injured by them before their injuries occur. They turn the unit on, prepare their food, and are suddenly left with painful, severe injuries, all because they simply used a product as intended. Negligent product makers sell defective products all the time, but this doesn’t mean you have to tolerate the consequences. Call us today so we can help you stand against the injustices of negligent product manufacturers. We can help you hold the pressure cooker accountable for their negligence, setting a positive example that other companies can follow.
Instant Pot Safety Features
Instant Pots have many different safety features which help stop explosions from happening. However, explosions may occur when manufacturing defects lead to these safety features failing. These safety features include:
Instant Pots have an automatic pressure controller. This controller make sure that pressure remains at a safe range.
Safety Lock Lid
This lid prevents users from accidentally opening their pressure cooker while the cooker is under pressure. The lid also has a sensor which monitors if the lid has a leak or is positioned in an unsafe manner.
Anti-bloockage stops debris and food from blocking a vent. If a vent gets blocked, it could trap steam, causing pressure to grow to an unsafe level.
Instant Pots use automatic temperature control. This regulates the temperature. The temperature is regulated based on what kind of food is in the unit. The devices also have high temperature sensors which help to prevent food from being burned. When the devices’ internal temperature grows too high, a fuse cuts off the power for safety reasons.
Pressure Cookers And Burn 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 pressure cooker explosions 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 now for a free consultation.
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.
Is There A Time Limit To File A Pressure Cooker Lawsuit?
There is a time limit to file a pressure cooker lawsuit. This time limit is known as a statute of limitations. The time limit is different from state to state.
Nadrich & Cohen is familiar with the statute of limitations regarding personal injury lawsuits like pressure cooker lawsuits in all 50 states. Call us today to find out what the time limit is for filing a pressure cooker lawsuit in your state.
In fact, calling us today lets us have as much time as possible to build a convincing case on your behalf and make sure that any necessary paperwork is filed in time. Call us today for a free consultation.
Instant Pot Lawsuit Updates
A lawsuit alleges that a California man was seriously burned by a Sensio Bella pressure cooker, a pressure cooker which was recalled in August 2023 after reports that similar injuries happened when their lids exploded open with hot, pressurized contents inside, causing hot food to spray forcefully onto unsuspecting consumers. The lawsuit alleges that the pressure cooker was defective and unreasonably dangerous because its safety features did not prevent its lid from opening by itself during use.
When the pressure cookers were recalled in August 2023, the recall affected almost 900,000 units, and there had been 63 or more explosion reports at the time.
On September 29, 2023, a lawsuit was filed in Louisiana alleging that Walmart sold a defective Farberware pressure cooker which exploded, causing a Louisiana woman to be seriously burned. The lawsuit claims that the woman released the device’s pressure valve and went to remove its lid, and that the device then exploded, spraying hot steam and liquid across her body. The lawsuit alleges that the device’s safety features were inadequate to prevent the device from exploding when used as intended or in a reasonably foreseeable manner.
On September 8, 2023, a lawsuit was filed alleging that a Crock-Pot pressure cooker exploded when a woman opened its lid while its contents were still pressurized, causing the woman to be severely burned on her abdomen, breasts and chest. The woman allegedly has been permanently disfigured and is allegedly now physically impaired. The lawsuit claims the lid would be unable to be removed if the product had safety features which were adequate.
On August 16, a lawsuit was filed in California alleging that a woman was seriously burned after the lid of her pressure cooker, a Ninja Foodi, unexpectedly blew off, spraying hot food all over her body. The lawsuit alleges the woman was left with disfiguring, severe burns.
In June 2023, Instant Pot manufacturer Instant Brands filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
In March 2023, a lawsuit was filed in Alabama claiming that an Alabama man suffered substantial, serious burns when he was able to open and rotate an Instant Pot’s lid while its contents were still pressurized. Scalding hot food was allegedly sprayed all over the man’s body when this occurred. The lawsuit alleges that the Instant Pot’s safety features failed.
In January 2023, a lawsuit was filed in Indiana claiming that substantial, serious burn injuries occurred when an Instant Pot Duo Nova exploded after its safety features failed, allowing the lid to be removed while the pressure cooker’s contents were still pressurized. The plaintiff alleges he was burned over large sections of his body and has suffered permanent injuries.
In July 2022, a lawsuit was filed in Tennessee alleging that a Tennessee man suffered severe burns after hot food was forcefully ejected onto his body by an Instant Pot Pro Crisp Multi-Use Pressure Cooker and Air Fryer. The lawsuit claims that the cooker’s safety features failed, allowing its lid to be removed while steam and pressure were still built up inside the Instant Pot.
In April 2022, a lawsuit was filed in Alabama alleging that an Alabama man was injured after scalding hot food was forcefully ejected from an Instant Pot. The lawsuit claims the device’s safety features failed, allowing its lid to be removed while the contents of the device were still under pressure. The lawsuit claims the man suffered substantial, severe burn injuries.
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 if you or a loved one was injured by a defective pressure cooker. You can also text us from this page or complete the free “Do I Have A Claim?” form on this page.