Pressure cookers are used as a quick and easy way to make food in the home. While these devices can be complex, they are usually safe to use. However, there are cases on the rise in which pressure cookers are defective and malfunction, thus causing severe injuries to those who use them. Recently, there has been an increase in product liability cases against companies who make these devices, such as Instant Pot, NuWave, Mirro, Cuisinart, Phillipe Richards, and more. If you were injured as a result of a defective pressure cooker, contact an experienced New Jersey personal injury attorney today for assistance.
How Can a Pressure Cooker Accident Happen?
There are many different ways that a pressure cooker accident can take place. As previously stated, these are complicated machines. Many of them have a safety valve that allows steam to be released so that the cooker is safe to open. If the valve does not work, an “explosion” of 200-degree foods and liquids can happen when a person opens the lid, causing severe burn injuries.
There are other cases in which a lid, seal, gasket, or lock is defective, also causing certain explosions of the cooker. These accidents can cause life-changing injuries such as blindness, electrocutions, disfigurement, and also damage to a home. In the past, there have been many pressure cooker recalls due to the fact that they pose a fire hazard risk in the home.
How Do I Sue for a Defective Product?
In order to sue a pressure cooker company for product liability, the injured party is required to file a personal injury claim. In these cases, it can be done for design defects. To successfully prove that a design defect took place, the individual must prove that a safer, economically feasible design to the product exists. This can be difficult to do, which is why it is important to retain the services of an experienced attorney who can help gather the evidence that is needed to satisfy the burden of proof and show negligence.
When pursuing legal action, it is important to remember that there is a statute of limitations in place. This is a deadline by which the injured party is required to meet in order to file a lawsuit and hold the negligent party responsible for the injuries that were sustained. If they fail to meet this deadline, the individual can lose the opportunity to do so. In the state of New Jersey, the statute of limitations is generally two years from the date of the injury to take legal action.
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We understand the impact a serious injury can have on an individual’s life. If you have been injured in New Jersey due to another party’s negligence, please do not hesitate to speak with an experienced attorney who can assess your situation and guide you through your legal options. Contact our firm today to learn how we can help.