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Many cooks and chefs have been using PAM cooking spray for years in the kitchen. However, it has been linked to some serious injuries when the canister explodes. Anyone who uses this product on a regular basis should be aware of the dangers. If they have been injured in such a situation, they may need to contact an exploding PAM spray attorney.
What Happens with PAM Cooking Spray Cans?
Numerous incidents have been reported of people who had a canister of PAM cooking spray that exploded while they were working in the kitchen. Many times, the can was not near an open flame or heating element such as a stove. It just blew up and caused severe burns or other injuries with no warning.
Some of the injuries experienced from exploding PAM spray cans include the following:
- First, second and third degree burns to the face, neck, arms, chest, and abdomen
- Deformities caused by burns
- Severe and long-term pain and suffering
- Injuries to the face and body from impact with the can
- Wrongful death
This is not new news. In fact, cases have been reported and documented of similar situations for some time. These reports have occurred all around the country. For instance, in New Jersey, a woman was burned on her torso, thighs, and face because a can exploded while she was cooking. A woman in Ohio became engulfed in flames when the spray can exploded. She nearly died and suffered severe burns.
What Causes the Explosion?
ConAgra is the manufacturer of PAM cooking spray, and it uses a propellant, which is labeled on the canister. However, many consumers are not aware that this propellant is butane, propane, ethanol or liquified petroleum gas, which are all highly flammable.
A fire and explosions expert has stated that a common factor in these situations comes from the vents which are located in the bottom of the canister. When the issue is simulated with the two-piece canister, the can explodes after releasing pressure prematurely.
The cans may vent at pressures and temperatures which are below what is expected for safety. Allegations also state that the containers are over-pressurized, which causes them to vent too early.
Lawsuits on PAM Cooking Spray Injuries
Because these injuries have been occurring over many years, victims are filing lawsuits against the manufacturer. They allege that ConAgra knew the containers were over-pressurized and including defective vents. They also did not provide adequate warnings for using these spray cans.
It is expected that allegations will continue unless ConAgra takes action by labeling the containers better and by designing a safer canister. Anyone who has been injured in a PAM cooking spray explosion should talk to an attorney who can help them determine if they have a case. They may receive damages for their medical expenses, lost wages, pain, and suffering and other expenses and losses which are related to the incident. Many of the accidents cause permanent damage and impact the person for the long-term.