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Numerous reports have been filed against ConAgra about exploding cooking spray cans. ConAgra is the manufacturer or PAM cooking spray, which has been involved in many incidents. Those involved have reported severe injuries and losses. Many have been looking to a defective cooking spray law firm to help them build a case for compensation of their losses.
The Dangers of Spray Cans
The contents of spray cans are held under pressure. When the particles are exposed to heat, they move faster, causing the pressure to build and the can to expand. When it has expanded as much as possible, it will explode. If the contents of the spray can are flammable, the result can be a flash fire.
With PAM cooking spray canisters, flammable ingredients were included, such as propane and butane. These chemicals can start a fire when exposed to enough heat. While it is supposed to take a great amount of heat to cause such an explosion, allegations have been made against ConAgra that these canisters were defective and exploded at lower temperatures than what should be normal.
A common example is when an aerosol can is left in a car that sits out on the hot sun. The can may explode as the temperature rises inside the car. However, the temperature is generally much lower in a kitchen, and the cooking spray cans should continue to operate normally. Many of these instances show that the cans were on a shelf or on a counter away from the heat.
Injuries Which Occur with Exploding Spray Cans
Two major issues occur when a spray can explodes. First, the can may go flying across the room, or it may cause other objects to move. These objects can hit a person, causing impact injuries. The more common problem is burn injuries from the flash fire which results from the explosion. In some cases, the fire traveled across a counter to reach the victim.
People who have experienced this issue have had injuries from first-degree burns all the way to third-degree burns. They may need multiple skin graft surgeries to repair the damage. In some cases, permanent disfiguration results.
If the fire gets in their face, they may experience blindness. They may lose sensation in their hands if the burns are severe enough. One of these incidents can cause the person to be unable to work or do other daily tasks for a temporary or even a permanent time.
What You Should Know If You’re a Victim
If you’ve suffered burns or other injuries from this kind of situation, you can get help. You probably have mounting medical expenses for your care, and you may have lost work. An experienced attorney can file a lawsuit where you may be able to receive payment for damages, which include lost wages, medical expenses and pain and suffering. It’s important to seek out legal help if you’ve been in this situation. Contact our law firm to find out how we can be of assistance to you.