Lawsuits are being filed against the makers of the Wolfgang Puck Pressure Cooker, alleging that the appliance caused severe liquid and steam burn injuries.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one suffered a severe burn or other injury caused by an exploding pressure cooker, whether or not the pressure cooker has been recalled, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer and our lawyers can help.
Update: Class Action Filed Over Burn Injuries Alleged From Tristar Power Pressure Cooker
October 30, 2017 - Six plaintiffs have filed a class action lawsuit against Tristar Products, Inc., claiming they were severely burned when the “Built-In Safety Features” of the Power Pressure Cooker XL failed during use. All 6 claimants allege to have sustained severe burn injuries as a result of the pressure cooker having a lid that is able to be rotated and opened while still pressurized, causing its “scalding hot contents to be forcefully ejected from the Pressure Cooker and onto [plaintiff].”
What is the Wolfgang Puck Pressure Cooker?
The Wolfgang Puck Rapid Electric Pressure Cooker is designed to capture the slow-cooked flavor in a fraction of the time required by conventional cooking. The appliance cooks recipes including fish, chicken, fresh vegetables, rice, and legumes with a precision thermostat that regulates temperature and pressure.
What’s the problem?
When a liquid under pressure is suddenly depressurized, the gases inside expand rapidly. They can 'explode' out of the pot with catastrophic results for those nearby. This is not an actual ‘explosion’ that results from combustion, but the rapid -- nearly instantaneous -- expansion of gases.
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Class Action Filed by Texas Woman Alleging Burns from Wolfgang Puck Pressure Cooker
Tabitha W., a Texas woman who claims she was severely burned by a defective Wolfgang Puck Automatic Rapid Pressure Cooker, has filed a class action lawsuit against the manufacturers in Texas. Plaintiff claims she was using the appliance as directed when it exploded at the end of its cooking cycle, causing second and third-degree burns after boiling gumbo shot onto her skin. Tabitha W. is alleging negligence, gross negligence, breach of warranty, strict product liability, and joint enterprise's causes of action.
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Pressure Cooker Injuries
The Wolfgang Puck Automatic Rapid Pressure Cooker is not the first such appliance reported to explode and cause severe burn/scald injuries. According to the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC), the Tristar Power Pressure Cooker XL has been linked to dozens of reports of the following types of injuries and damages:
- Severe burns to the arms, legs, face, and other parts of the body
- Scars and disfigurement
- Damage to kitchen walls, cabinets, and floors
Power Pressure Cooker Settlement
A class action settlement is now providing owners of allegedly defective Tristar power pressure cookers with warranty extensions and credits toward purchases of new products. However, if you or someone you know has been injured by one of these appliances, you need to opt out of this class action settlement now and contact our law firm immediately. The settlement does not provide compensation for your injuries, and if you fail to opt-out by June 4, 2018, you may lose your eligibility to pursue compensation-seeking damages. Contact our lawyers now to learn more.
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Do I Have a Wolfgang Puck Pressure Cooker Lawsuit?
The Product Liability Litigation Group at Schmidt & Clark, LLP law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in pressure cooker lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new burn and scald injury cases in all 50 states.
Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one suffered a severe burn or other injury caused by an exploding pressure cooker, whether or not the pressure cooker has been recalled, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.