Pressure cookers are marketed as quick, efficient devices to quickly cook tasty foods. Though for the most part, these devices are safe, more and more injury cases are coming to the forefront against Instant Pot, Phillipe Richards, NuWave, Mirro, Cuisinart, and more. Many of these people have successfully filed product liability lawsuits against these companies. If you are someone who has been wrongly injured by what you believe is a defective pressure cooker, please continue reading and reach out to our knowledgeable Pennsylvania personal injury attorneys today. Here are some of the questions you may have:
How are people being harmed by pressure cookers?
There are a variety of scenarios that can affect a pressure cooker’s performance. For example, many pressure cookers have a safety valve that lets the steam out and determines whether the cooker is safe to open. When this valve is defective, it may indicate that you should take the lid off prematurely without letting the steam out, resulting in an “explosion” of sorts, dousing you and anyone nearby with scalding hot, 200-degree food and liquids, causing serious burn injuries. This is unacceptable.
Additionally, there are other cases wherein lids, seals, gaskets, or locks prove defective, also resulting in these explosions and other serious injuries, including blindness, electrocutions, disfigurement, and damage to homes. There are many instances of pressure cooker recalls, including that of the Gem 65 8-in-1 Insta Pot multicookers, as the Consumer Safety Product Commission has determined that they pose a serious fire hazard risk to unsuspecting consumers. In all, these products are proving to be widely unsafe to use, and if you are someone who has been wrongly injured because of one, you may very well have a valid product liability lawsuit.
How can I sue a company for a defective product?
To sue for a design defect, you will have to prove that there was a safer, more economically feasible means to design such a product that would not hinder its functionality. Ensure you retain the services of an experienced Pennsylvania personal injury attorney who knows how to gather and present the evidence needed to satisfy the burden of proof, and do not throw out the product that caused your injuries, as we may use it to prove your personal injury claim.
Furthermore, you should understand that each state has a statute of limitations in place dictating the amount of time you will have to file a lawsuit. Since the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Pennsylvania is, generally, two years, you will, generally, have two years from the date of your accident to take legal action against the negligent product designer or manufacturer. Do not wait too long to file, for if you do, you may be barred from suing. We are ready to help fight for the compensation you deserve today–all you have to do is give us a call.
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