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You may have heard stories in the news about people who have been burned because of an explosion of a PAM cooking spray canister. These incidents are often serious and life-changing. Some instances have even resulted in death. A cooking spray injury attorney may be able to help you if you have been in this situation.
Reasons the Explosions Have Happened
PAM cooking spray is held under pressure in a two-piece canister which has vents in the bottom of the can to release pressure. When handled correctly, the can should work with no danger to the cook or others in the area. However, these PAM spray cans have exploded when sitting on a shelf or when in use for no obvious reason.
The allegations behind this problem are that the flammable contents are over-pressurized in the containers. Also, these canisters are not built to vent correctly at the right temperature. They vent at a lower temperature than what should be.
Inside the canister are flammable materials, including butane, propane, and others. When the can explodes, these materials spray across an open flame and onto the cook and other people in the vicinity.
Injuries from Spray Cans Exploding
The injuries that result from these scenarios are often quite serious, life-threatening and even deadly. The most common injury is anywhere from first-degree to third-degree burns on the face, arms, chest, neck, and torso. These may be partial or full-thickness burns, and they may result in permanent deformities.
In many cases, the person must go through multiple surgeries and skin grafts to be able to live the semblance of a normal life. They may even suffer blindness and have impact injuries where the spray can or other items hit them from the explosion. With most of these incidents, the person experiences extreme pain at the time of the accident and afterward with severe suffering from the initial injury and subsequent treatments.
A person does not need to be holding the spray can to be affected. In fact, it can be across the counter, on a shelf or elsewhere in the kitchen. Once it explodes, flames can shoot across a distance to reach a person’s clothing or body as well as other items in the room. A flash fire is dangerous and deadly. People have died because of their injuries from this situation.
What Can You Do?
If you’ve suffered burns and other injuries because a PAM cooking spray can exploded or you have a loved one who has gone through this, you may be able to seek compensation for your loss. You need to contact an experienced attorney who can guide you on filing a lawsuit. The manufacture of PAM cooking spray, ConAgra, may be liable for your damages.
It’s possible to receive compensation for your damages, which include the cost of initial medical care and surgeries, loss of wages, ongoing treatment and medication, as well as pain and suffering and other losses. Contact an attorney who can help you determine your next steps.