Pressure cookers are a modern marvel. Their advantages include reduced cooking time, saving energy, preserving nutrients, and conserving flavor. However, at 250 degrees, they have the potential to cause severe injury. A manufacturing error could create a nasty situation. Here are the steps you should take after experiencing a pressure cooker incident that wasn’t your fault.
Seek Medical Assistance
As pressure cookers explode, food that’s inside may splash onto those who are nearby. The subsequent burns can be excruciating. Even if you suspect that an injury does not require immediate medical attention, have it checked out. The actual severity of a burn may only be recognizable much later. Other potential outcomes include blindness and organ troubles. People have even died as a result of these incidents. For the sake of your health, stay in the hospital until your doctor has given you an official discharge.
Record the Scene
Once you’ve arrived home from the hospital, preserve all evidence. Take pictures of the kitchen and cooker from multiple angles and upload them to the cloud. That way, you will be able to recover these images if they accidentally get erased. Save every piece of your cooker, including tiny parts that broke off. Take the time to search your kitchen for these fragments, no matter how minuscule. Give everything to the investigator who has been tasked with determining whether a defect was present. Collect statements from witnesses, regardless of whether they were injured, and preserve their observations in written or audio/visual form.
Contact a Lawyer
If you believe that your cooker’s manufacturer is responsible for the explosion, get in touch with a personal injury attorney. Pick one who already has experience litigating product liability cases. Tell your lawyer precisely what happened. He or she will be able to determine whether a judge and jury are likely to find your argument compelling. This person can also organize evidence so that it tells what happened in a manner that is clear and excludes improper usage as the cause. Regularly follow up with your attorney to verify that your lawsuit becomes official before the statute of limitations has expired. Request assistance with delaying medical payments until after your situation has settled.
Although they can be wonderful, pressure cookers are also extremely dangerous. When one explodes, the results are often catastrophic. If a pressure cooker injures you or someone you love, hire the right attorney to fight your case.
If you or your loved one suffered a personal injury contact a personal injury lawyer at Hall-Justice Law Firm today, to schedule a free consultation during which we can discuss the facts of your case.