Instant cups of soup may be among the quickest and easiest meals to prepare, but they may also be some of the most dangerous. According to doctors around the country, these popular instant meals are a major cause of serious burn injuries. Sadly, the victims are often toddlers or young children who accidentally knock over the cups and spill the scalding liquid onto their bodies.
Free Hot Soup Spill Burn Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been severely burned by a hot cup of instant soup, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer of the cup of soup and we can help.
Settlement Reached in North Carolina Soup Burn Lawsuit
April 28, 2016 – A settlement has been reached in a federal lawsuit filed by a woman from Forsyth County, North Carolina, who claims a Maruchan instant noodle soup cup caused her daughter to suffer second-degree burns, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Plaintiff Kimberly Buffkin purchased the Instant Lunch on May 27, 2011. Jason A. Powell, the father of their 1-year-old daughter “OP,” prepared the noodles by boiling water and pouring it in the cup, and OP’s nephew accidentally tipped it over onto her, resulting in 2nd degree burns to her groin, chest, shoulder and back.
What’s the problem?
December 5, 2011 – NPR’s Morning Edition reported today that injuries caused by instant soup cups are far more widespread than the average person might think. In fact, eight of the 12 hospitals contacted for the report said they see numerous burn injuries each week, while the other three reported seeing at least one over the course of a week.
According to Dr. David Greenhalgh, chief of burns at Shriners Hospital for Children in Northern California, these types of injuries could be greatly reduced if the manufacturers simply flipped the cup over. In his 2006 book ‘Instant Cup of Soup: Design Flaws Increase Risk of Burns,’ Greenhalgh and other researchers conducted a study of 11 brands of instant soup cups to determine the angle at which they tipped over and spilled their contents. While the lesser-known brand Nicecook showed the greatest resistance to tipping at 64 degrees, one of the worst results came from America’s #1 brand Cup Noodles, which was found to tip at only 22 degrees.
“All you have to do is flip it over,” Greenhalgh told NPR. “It would seem to be a very easy thing to do and think I could get some of my team members to do to one of the companies and say, ‘Here, why don’t you try this?’”
Scald Burn Injuries
Scald burns occur when extremely hot liquids are splashed on the skin. Hot water, coffee, tea, steam, and soup are all hot enough to cause serious burn injuries. Liquids with a temperature of 140 degrees can cause a third degree burn within five seconds. Sadly, scald burns are the most common type of burn injury to occur in children under the age of four. These accidents typically occur when parents or caregivers are in a hurry and do not take the appropriate preventative measures.
Do You Have a Hot Soup Spill Burn Lawsuit?
The Product Liability Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in hot soup spill burn lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new burn injury cases in all 50 states.
Free Confidential Case Evaluation: Again, if you’ve been severely burned by a cup of hot soup, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and we can help.