Have you or a loved one suffered a burn caused by a Maruchan Instant Lunch soup cup? Burn doctors report that instant soup packaged in styrofoam cups like the Maruchan Instant Lunch pose serious burn risks, especially to children who frequently tip the cups over while eating. In fact, one of the leading causes of scald and burn injuries in children is from hot soup, particularly prepackaged instant soups like the Maruchan Instant Lunch.
Free Confidential Case Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been burned or scalded by a Maruchan Instant Lunch soup cup, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer of the Maruchan Instant Lunch and we can help.
Maruchan Soup Burn Lawsuit Settled
April 28, 2016 – A confidential settlement has been reached in a federal lawsuit in which a North Carolina woman claimed that a defectively designed Maruchan Instant Lunch Soup Cup caused her daughter to suffer 2nd-degree burns. Plaintiff Kimberly Buffkin filed the complaint in Nov. 2013 against Maruchan Inc. and its parent company, Toyo Suisan Kaisha.
She claims her daughter was about a year old when her father prepared a Maruchan Instant Lunch in May 2011. She says her nephew accidentally tipped over the noodle cup, resulting in its hot contents spilling onto Buffkin’s daughter and giving her second-degree burns.
Was Your Child Burned by a Maruchan Instant Lunch Soup Cup?
Parents often turn to Maruchan Instant Lunch soup cups as a quick and easy way to give their children a delicious meal. Unfortunately, these meals often turn into tragedies, causing severe burns and scald injuries when the cups tip over. Now, instead of spending a relaxing afternoon with your child, you’re in the emergency room wondering how you could’ve prevented this accident.
Instant Soup Burn Injuries on the Rise Nationwide
NPR recently aired a report discussing this issue which stated that Maruchan Instant Lunch cups are dangerous because the soup is hot, sticky, and served in a container that is tall and narrow, which makes it prone to tipping over. When noodles spill out of these cups, they cling to the skin and can cause 2nd degree burns. In many cases, these burns result in life-long scarring and limited mobility. Because of the extreme temperature of the noodles, they cause deeper burns, often landing children in hospital burn units.
Cup of Soup Burn Injury Study
The dangers posed by products like the Maruchan Instant Lunch soup cup were recently the subject of a peer-reviewed study published by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) entitled “Instant cup of soup: design flaws increase risk of burns.” For the study, researchers measured the height and base of several different instant soups, and found that the height of the cups make them easy to tip over. The researchers, which included a team of physicians at the U.C. Davis Shriners Burn Hospitals for Children, determined that wider bases and shorter heights, along with more prominent burn warnings on the packaging, would greatly reduce the occurrence of instant noodle soup cup burn and scald injuries.
Lawsuit filed after Maruchan Soup Cup Burns N.C. Toddler
Forsyth County, N.C. resident Kimberly Buffkin is blaming design defects of the Maruchan Instant Lunch for the 2nd degree burns that her 1-year-old daughter received when a boiling soup cup spilled on her 2 years ago. In November 2013, Buffkin filed a lawsuit in Forsyth Superior Court against Maruchan and its Japanese parent company Toyo Suisan Kaisha, alleging that the company’s Instant Lunch cup is designed in a way to makes it prone to tipping over and spilling.
According to the complaint, Buffkin purchased a Maruchan Instant Lunch soup cup on May 27, 2011. Her daughter was with her father, Jason A. Powell, as he heated the noodles. Powell’s 1-year-old nephew was also present. After heating the soup, Powell put the Instant Lunch on the kitchen counter so it could cool, but the nephew tipped it over and spilled boiling noodles onto Powell’s daughter, who was standing below waiting for her meal. The child allegedly suffered 2nd degree burns to her groin, chest, shoulder and back, which required skin grafts and cosmetic surgery to treat. Buffkin claimed in the lawsuit that her daughter will have to undergo additional procedures, including reconstructive surgery.
Soup Burn Injuries Could Be Avoided
Your child shouldn’t have to suffer due to the poor design of a Maruchan Instant Lunch soup cup. If Maruchan would re-design their containers, making them shorter and wider, it would make the base more stable and less likely to tip over. Thus, soup burns would likely decrease significantly around the country. Additionally, the packaging of these instant soup cups should have more prominent warnings about burn risks, so that parents are aware of these very real dangers.
Do I Have a Maruchan Instant Lunch Soup Cup 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 Maruchan Instant Lunch Soup Cup Burn Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new cases in all 50 states.
Free Confidential Case Evaluation: Again, if you were burned or scalded by a Maruchan Instant Lunch soup cup, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and we can help.