What’s the Problem?
At least 6 lawsuits have been filed against Conagra alleging that Pam cooking spray exploded and caused serious injuries, according to CNN Business. The complaints allege that Conagra changed the design of Pam aerosol cans in 2011, making them “faulty, dangerous and prone to explosion.”
Plaintiffs suffered third-degree burns and other catastrophic injuries after cans of Pam and other similarly-designed products exploded after being placed near a hot stove. In some cases, people said they were disfigured and forced to undergo surgeries and/or skin grafts, according to CNN. The injuries named in the suits occurred across 6 states between 2017 and 2019.
Suits Claim PAM Cooking Spray Cans “Defectively Designed”
The main problem with the cans of cooking spray is not their ingredients, but how they were designed, according to the lawsuits. In 2011, Conagra implemented a new design for cans containing 10 or more ounces, according to TODAY. The design included a venting mechanism on the bottom of the can — visible as 4 U-shaped score marks — intended to allow the container to vent its flammable contents in a controlled manner. All of the alleged incidents in the recent lawsuits involved larger cans of cooking spray.
Lawsuits Allege Injuries from Exploding Cooking Spray: NBC Nightly News Video
Has Conagra Issued a Recall for PAM?
No. Despite multiple reports of severe burns and other injuries associated with Pam cooking spray, Conagra has failed to recall the product or even issue a warning about the risk of cook spray explosions.
Conagra says Pam and other cooking sprays feature prominent warnings on their labeling which state that the product is flammable and should not be left on or near a stove or heat source. "When Pam is used correctly, as instructed, it is a 100% safe and effective product,” the company said in a statement.
Can I File a Class Action?
Although Schmidt & Clark, LLP, is a nationally recognized class action firm, we have decided against this type of litigation when it comes to Pam cooking spray lawsuits. Our lawyers feel that if there is a successful resolution to these cases, individual suits, not class actions will be the best way to get maximum payouts to our clients. If you’ve been injured by Pam cooking spray, we know you’ve suffered emotionally and economically, and want to work with you personally to obtain the maximum compensation for the damages caused by your injuries. Contact us today to learn more about your legal rights.
Conagra Hit With 17 New PAM Explosion Lawsuits
September 25, 2019 - At least 17 new lawsuits were filed against Conagra in Illinois state court on Monday, alleging that cans of Pam cooking spray and other similar products exploded and caused severe burn injuries to people nearby, according to Law360. In addition to Pam, the suits name several other cooking spray brands owned by Conagra which allegedly caused burns, including Sysco Member's Mark, Wellsley Farms and Simply Value. With the filing of the new claims, the Chicago-based spray can manufacturer DS containers, Inc., has been sued at least 33 times this year over its allegedly defective aerosol cans.
New Hampshire Man Sues Conagra, Alleges PAM Cooking Spray Exploded
August 9, 2019 - A man in Exeter, New Hampshire, who claims he was "burned and severely injured" after a canister of Pam cooking spray exploded near him at a cookout in 2016 has filed a products liability lawsuit against Conagra, according to The Portsmouth Herald. Plaintiff Jon Sherrill says he was cooking food on a grill when a nearby can of Pam exploded, causing him sustained permanent injuries including burns, scarring and disfigurement. He is seeking “enhanced” compensatory damages to cover the cost of lost wages and medical bills, and any other relief the court deems just and proper.
Do I have a PAM Cooking Spray 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 Pam cooking spray explosion lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury and death cases in all 50 states.
Again, if you suffered a burn or other severe injury from an exploding can of Pam cooking spray, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.