Table of Contents
- 1 A History of Exploding Pam Containers, Severe Burns, and Serious Injuries
- 2 Defective Design, Over-pressurization, and Highly Flammable Contents
- 3 Why Do Pam Cooking Spray Containers Explode?
- 4 Pam Cooking Spray Explosions Lawsuits
- 5 What To Do If You Have Been Burned in a Pam Cooking Spray Explosion
Cooks beware: consumers are reporting that Pam non-stick cooking spray containers can explode, even when away from direct heat. Our law firm is working directly with people who have suffered severe burns and injuries to hold Pam manufacturer ConAgra responsible for injuries caused by allegedly defective cooking spray cans, and we are making sure our clients receive the maximum amount of compensation legally available for damages. Contact our law firm now to learn more about how we can help you seek compensation for your injuries through a Pam cooking spray fire explosion lawsuit.
A History of Exploding Pam Containers, Severe Burns, and Serious Injuries
Consumers across the country have filed reports of being diagnosed with a wide variety of burns and injuries after their cooking spray cans blew up, including:
- Extreme pain and suffering
- Partial- and full-thickness burn injuries to the face, arms, chest, neck, arms, and abdomen
- Physical deformities
- Severe impact injuries to the face and body
- Wrongful death
Pam cooking spray containers have a long and well-documented history of blowing up and spraying flammable materials across open flames and onto anyone in the vicinity. Of the incident reports that get picked up in the news, the odds are good that there are many more that never get reported. Just a few Pam explosion injury news articles from recent years include:
- Colorado – two steakhouse restaurant employees were injured and taken to the hospital after a can of non-stick cooking spray exploded and caused a flash-fire.
- Connecticut – a woman suffers first-, second-, and third-degree burns to her face, arm, hand, chest, leg, and foot after a can of Pam, that was ‘far away’ from where she was cooking exploded and shot flames across the counter, her clothes, and all over her body.
- Connecticut – two women suffer severe burns to their arms and legs when a can of Pam cooking spray exploded, shooting flames on the women and igniting a fire that resulted in substantial damage.
- Massachusetts – Wicked Tuna Chef suffers third-degree burns to 27 percent of his body when cooking spray exploded and shot fluids and flame across his arms, chest, and legs.
- New Jersey – a woman suffers burns to her thighs, torso, and face when a can of cooking spray exploded while the woman was cooking, spraying her with flames.
- New York – professional bodybuilder suffers second-degree burns on his head and arm when a can of Pam cooking spray exploded while he was cooking.
- Ohio – A woman suffered burns and substantial deformity when a can of PAM cooking spray on a ledge above the stove exploded while she was cooking.
- Ohio – a woman in Colerain Township suffers serious burns and nearly dies when a can of cooking spray suddenly explodes, and she is engulfed in flames.
- Utah – a wife and husband suffer full-thickness burns when a can of Pam explodes and sprays flames across their faces and bodies saying it felt like their skin was melting off.
The liability attorneys at our firm are investigating Pam explosion injury claims on behalf of victims across the country. If you or someone you know suffered severe burns from an exploding cooking spray container, contact us now. We are helping our clients get significant compensation for their injuries.
Defective Design, Over-pressurization, and Highly Flammable Contents
Many consumers do not know that what Pam maker ConAgra labels as ‘propellant’ on canisters of Pam is highly flammable petroleum-based ingredients including propane, ethanol, liquified petroleum gas, or butane.
Consumers who were severely burned when these contents exploded, say that the company failed to accurately label and warn them that the canisters contain extremely flammable aerosol. Additionally, the canisters are defective, plaintiffs allege, in that they are over pressurized and vent flammable contents at temperatures much lower than expected.
Why Do Pam Cooking Spray Containers Explode?
Consumers have been complaining about Pam explosions for years, and according to Dr. Michael Fox, a fire, explosions, and chemical expert at Chemaxx Inc., a common factor in cooking spray flash fires is the vents in the bottom of the two-piece canister. In simulations, cooking spray canisters can prematurely release pressure. When this happens near an ignition source, a flash fire can occur.
Cooking spray canisters may also vent at temperatures and pressures that are well below the temperatures and pressures needed and expected to cause venting normally. This coupled with the fact that cooking spray canisters may be over-pressurized, to begin with, can result in the cooking spray canister exploding and venting flammable liquids across open flame and on to cooks and bystanders.
Pam Cooking Spray Explosions Lawsuits
Lawsuits filed on behalf of consumers who suffered disfiguring burns, deformity and permanent scarring from exploding Pam containers allege that ConAgra Foods knowingly placed the cooking product in a container with defective venting and then knowingly over-pressurized the container and failed to provide adequate warnings about the dangers on the labels. Plaintiffs allege that because of the defective venting, the cans of cooking spray are more likely to cause explosions that can seriously injure or kill victims.
A woman in Cincinnati, Ohio has filed a product liability lawsuit against ConAgra after a can of cooking spray exploded and left her with severe injuries. The victim, 32-year-old Carrie Jones, filed suit against ConAgra in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio with the help of a lawyer alleging that a can of Pam vented flammable ingredients at lower temperatures than ConAgra specified and lower than industry standards.
At least two other lawsuits have already been filed against ConAgra over exploding Pam cans, and experts believe that lawsuits will continue to mount until ConAgra designs a safer can that includes better warnings and precautions.
Plaintiffs in these lawsuits allege the company failed to adequately label and provide important details that improve safety by warning consumers of the extremely dangerous aerosol ingredients in the container, ingredients that can explode when exposed to temperatures below what would normally pose a risk in similar containers. Victims allege they suffered severe and disfiguring burn injuries, required treatment at a burn unit or burn clinic and have permanent scarring.
Consumers who suffer burn injuries and impact injuries have been able to present their case to the court, and some juries have responded with awards for:
- Current and future expected medical costs and expenses
- Burn injury treatments and rehabilitation
- Physical pain and suffering and mental anguish
- Lost wages and missed work
Some cases involving dangerous kitchen products have included punitive damages, awarded as a way to punish the manufacturer and dissuade other companies from violating consumer protection laws. When you are injured in a Pam explosion accident, we provide the megaphone for you to loudly and clearly demand justice and compensation. We have helped millions of clients get billions of dollars in awards through skillful negotiations and aggressive litigation.
Our attorneys are skilled negotiators and aggressive litigators who use every legal measure to ensure our clients get the significant compensation they need and the justice they deserve for the injuries they have sustained. We have taken mega-corporations to task, and we’ve won. Let us fight for you and your family and make sure you get every single dollar you are entitled to for your injuries.
What To Do If You Have Been Burned in a Pam Cooking Spray Explosion
Product manufacturers have a duty to ensure their products are safe before they are sold on the U.S. market. If they fail their duty, they may be held liable under consumer protection laws and those who are injured by the product may be entitled to seek compensation for damages. If you were injured by an exploding can of Pam cooking spray, you might be eligible to seek justice and compensation for the burns and damages you sustained.
For a free case review, fill out the form, or pick up the phone and give us a call and speak with one of our Pam explosion injury attorneys today if you were seriously burned or injured in a Pam cooking spray explosion. We can answer questions you may have and discuss your options, including your option to file a case. There is no obligation, and your call is completely confidential.
We have been fighting for consumer rights for decades, and the defective product attorneys at our firm will fight to ensure you get the maximum compensation available for your injuries. With a principal office in Houston, Texas and another office in New York, New York we handle cases from across the country. Contact us today for a free consultation and to learn whether you are entitled to significant compensation for your Pam cooking spray explosion burn injuries.