This past summer, a woman and her son filed a lawsuit after a 10-quart Tristar Power Pressure Cooker XL exploded and caused them serious injuries and damages. After seeing the manufacturer’s infomercial, a woman had bought the pressure cooker to gift her daughter for Christmas. There have been many complaints about this particular pressure cooker. If you were burned by the explosion of a Tristar Power Pressure Cooker XL, you should give the experienced Chicago product liability attorneys of the Moll Law Group a call.
Tristar pressure cookers are made to permit pressurization and depressurization through the deployment of an independent floating valve, manual release valve, locking pin, locking lugs, and a silicone gasket. The manufacturer Zhongshan Jinguang Appliance Manufacture Company, Ltd., sold it to Cheer Master, a third-party vendor, who sold the pressure cooker to Tristar, which shipped it into the country. Prior to selling the cookers, Tristar claims, it participated in the manufacturer’s tests for reliability and efficiency.
The design of the power pressure cooker is such that the unit shouldn’t pressurize until the lid is locked. This allows the float valve to rise and secure pressure within before interacting with the locking pin and strike plate to stop the lid’s removal. Tristar advertised it as the easiest cooker to use due to its built-in safety features. Unfortunately, several people have not found the pressure cooker to be safe at all.
If you were burned by a Tristar pressure cooker, you may be able to file a product liability lawsuit for damages. Pressure cooker explosions can result in permanent scarring and disfigurement. When our lawyers are able to establish liability, we can recover the following losses on your behalf:
- Emergency care
- Medical care
- Surgery costs
- Wage loss
- Out-of-pocket losses
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment
The amount of your economic damages is typically determined by documentation and expert testimony. We would use your actual medical bills, medication receipts, receipts for gas and parking, and pay stubs to prove these to the court.
Intangible losses are more challenging to quantify. Our lawyers will talk to you in detail about your losses to figure out every aspect of your life that has been changed for the worse due to the burns you suffered in an exploding pressure cooker accident. Generally, when third or fourth-degree burns are suffered on a visible area of your body or the face, the pain and suffering for which you can recover may be significant.
Additionally, our lawyers should be able to recover damages for your loss of enjoyment of life. We will need to present evidence about what you ordinarily were able to do prior to the explosion. For instance, did you previously star in local musicals? After sustaining significant burns or disfigurement on your face, you may find it difficult to get roles and, additionally, if the burns are around your mouth and throat, you may struggle to sing. This can dramatically change your quality of life. Similarly, if you suffered significant burns on your arms due to the pressure cooker exploding, you may find yourself unable to play recreational sports, and this, too, can alter your enjoyment of your life.
When severe burns occur, they can impact the quality of your relations. In that case, we may be able to recover for loss of consortium on behalf of your spouse.
Additionally, we may be able to recover damages for loss of earning capacity and disfigurement.
Talk to Our Experienced Chicago-Based Lawyers About the Explosion
Several lawsuits have been filed in connection with Tristar pressure cooker explosions. If you were injured or a loved one was killed, give our pressure cooker accident attorneys a call to determine whether you have a viable claim. The Moll Law Group represents injured people around the country. Billions have been recovered in cases with which we’ve been involved. Contact us online or call us at 312.462.1700.