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Injuries resulting from pressure cooker explosions are unfortunately not uncommon, and the legal landscape surrounding Massachusetts pressure cooker lawsuits is intricate.

This article provides essential knowledge on recent incidents, notable cases, and the necessary steps towards seeking justice for such injuries. The rise in pressure cooker lawsuits in Massachusetts underscores the growing concern over defective pressure cookers.

If you or someone close to you has experienced injuries caused by a pressure cooker, Schmidt & Clark, LLP, is ready to offer you support. As a nationally acclaimed law firm specializing in cases on behalf of plaintiffs, our primary objective is to ensure that you receive the justice and fair compensation that you are entitled to.

Massachusetts Pressure Cooker Injury Lawsuits

In recent years, there has been an alarming increase in incidents involving defective pressure cookers, causing explosions and severe injuries in Massachusetts. Pressure cooker lawsuits are filed against manufacturers of these faulty appliances, aiming to hold them accountable for product liability claims.

Lawsuits have implicated manufacturers such as Instant Pot, Cook’s Essentials, and Tristar Power Pressure Cooker, citing alleged defects in their pressure cookers.

Recent Massachusetts Pressure Cooker Incidents

While electric pressure cookers’ convenience and efficiency have boosted their popularity, recent incidents in Massachusetts underscore the serious risks tied to their malfunction or pressure cooker explosions due to defects.

In one incident, a pressure cooker exploded when the pressure cooker’s lid suddenly blew off the pot, causing scalding hot contents to be ejected onto the plaintiff.

In another case, a child suffered severe burns from an Instant Pot pressure cooker explosion. These incidents highlight the potential hazards associated with exploding pressure cookers and defective pressure cookers.

Notable Massachusetts Pressure Cooker Lawsuit Cases

Significant compensation for injured parties has resulted from the not-uncommon lawsuits against pressure cooker manufacturers. One of the most notable cases is the Cook’s Essentials pressure cooker lawsuit, filed in 2021, which involved an Illinois woman who sustained severe burns from a Cook’s Essentials pressure cooker purchased from QVC.

“People seriously burned or otherwise injured after their pressure cooker exploded may qualify to file a lawsuit. Parents may file a lawsuit on behalf of their injured children.”- Consumer Notice.Org

Another case related to defectively designed pressure cookers causing burn injuries through explosions. In both instances, the plaintiffs alleged negligence on the part of the pressure cooker manufacturers, leading to their injuries and damages.

Which Pressure Cooker Brands Are Named in The Lawsuits?

Pressure cooker brands that are named in the lawsuits include Instant Pot and Cook’s Essentials. Cook’s Essentials and Technique pressure cookers are brand names sold exclusively through the QVC Shopping channel.

They are re-branded from various manufacturers, including Tower, NuWave, Bella Pressure, Maxi-Matic (aka Elite), Sunbeam Inc., Ninja, and Crock-Pot are some of the most popular pressure cooker brands available in the market.

Consumers should consider safety features, capacity, usability, and additional capabilities when selecting a pressure cooker.

Plaintiff Claims in Pressure Cooker Injury Lawsuit

Plaintiffs in pressure cooker injury lawsuits commonly claim that defects caused the pressure cooker to explode, resulting in injuries. In one case involving an Instant Pot pressure cooker, a mother alleged that the product was “dangerously defective.” She held the manufacturer accountable for not alerting users about the hazards and for not resolving the faulty lid lock.

Other frequent allegations in pressure cooker injury lawsuits in Massachusetts include assertions of defects in the pressure cooker, such as design or manufacturing defects, and claims that the defendant was aware or should have been aware of these defects yet continued to distribute the product.

Types of Product Liability Claims

Pressure cooker lawsuits typically encompass a variety of product liability lawsuits, including:

Negligence claims allege that the manufacturer or seller of a product failed to fulfill their duty to ensure the product was safe for its intended use, leading to injuries or damages caused by the product [1].

Strict liability claims hold manufacturers or sellers liable for injuries or damages caused by the product, regardless of whether they exercised due care in their duty to make sure the product was safe for its intended use.

Common Pressure Cooker Injury

Pressure cooker accidents can lead to injuries of varying severity, from mild to severe, with burns of the first, second, or third degree, electrocution injuries, and cuts being the most common.

These injuries can result from pressure cooker malfunction, such as inadequate vents and ducts intended to release steam, faulty release valves, or other defects in the pressure cooker. Another potential cause of injury is faulty wiring, which may result in electrocution and digital indication malfunction.

The consequences of injuries from defective pressure cookers can lead to permanent scarring and disfigurement, which can have a significant effect on a person’s quality of life. Subsequent medical treatments may be necessary, which can be costly and time-consuming.

Pressure Cooker Lawsuit Settlement Amounts in Massachusetts

Factors such as the severity and location of the burn or injury, the circumstances surrounding the pressure cooker explosion, and the unique details of each case can significantly influence settlement amounts in Massachusetts pressure cooker lawsuits.

Some publicly disclosed settlement amounts from pressure cooker lawsuits in Massachusetts include a $27 million settlement awarded to a toddler with severe burns caused by a pressure cooker and an average settlement compensation payout of $125,000 to $200,000 for second-degree burns.

The average settlement amount in a pressure cooker lawsuit in Massachusetts can range from $40,000 to $600,000, depending on the severity of the burns and other relevant considerations.

Filing a Massachusetts Pressure Cooker Lawsuit

To file a pressure cooker lawsuit in Massachusetts, you must:

  1. Be aware of the statute of limitations
  2. Gather evidence
  3. Prove manufacturer negligence
  4. Seek medical attention
  5. Report the injury to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)

Following these crucial steps will help you pursue a lawsuit.

Experienced pressure cooker lawyers specializing in defective pressure cooker injury cases can help with the litigation process, ensuring that your rights are protected and that you receive the compensation you deserve.

Massachusetts Statute of Limitations

The statute of limitations for filing a pressure cooker lawsuit in Massachusetts is three years from the date of the injury, as established by the relevant law [2]. It is essential to:

  • Seek legal counsel
  • Take action before the expiration of the statute of limitations
  • Ensure that your case can be heard
  • Protect your rights

Gathering Evidence for Your Lawsuit

In the legal process, a crucial step is to collect and preserve evidence to support your pressure cooker lawsuit. This may include:

  • Medical records
  • Documentation of the pressure cooker model and any defects
  • Expert testimony
  • Witness statements
  • Photographs or videos
  • Any other pertinent documentation or evidence.

To document injuries from a pressure cooker for a lawsuit, it is recommended to:

  • Collect evidence such as medical records, bills, and photos/videos of the injuries and the scene
  • Obtain witness statements and any other pertinent documentation
  • Retain your medical records
  • Seek advice from an attorney who specializes in pressure cooker lawsuits for guidance and support.

Proving Manufacturer Negligence

Success in your pressure cooker lawsuit hinges on demonstrating the manufacturer’s negligence in the design, manufacturing, or development of the pressure cooker. This can include:

  • Establishing defects in the design or manufacturing process that caused the pressure cooker’s malfunction or explosion
  • Proving that the manufacturer failed to provide adequate warnings or instructions for safe use
  • Presenting evidence of previous occurrences or complaints related to the pressure cooker.

Engaging a lawyer for your pressure cooker lawsuit in Massachusetts can provide the many benefits.

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Reference:

  1. https://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/products_liability
  2. https://www.statutes-of-limitations.com/state/massachusetts/

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