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If you’re a cook, it’s important to be aware of the PAM cooking spray explosion lawsuit. You may have been using this cooking spray for years and not have heard about the recent injuries which resulted from explosions of the containers, which led to severe burns and other injuries.
Serious Injuries with PAM Cooking Spray
The issue with the PAM cooking spray is that the containers have been known to explode even when they are not in direct contact with heat. The result from these explosions have been severe burns and injuries to various parts of the body, including the following:
- Burn injuries to the face and arms as well as the chest, neck, and abdomen
- Physical deformities
- Impact injuries to the face and body
Even death has been the result from some of these cases. Consumers are filing reports of wrongful death and many other injuries that are severe and permanent. If you’ve been the victim of such a situation, you need an experienced attorney who will fight for you.
Many of these incidents do not get covered in the news. For instance, in Colorado two restaurant employees in a steakhouse were injured seriously enough to go to the hospital when a can exploded, resulting in a flash fire. In another instance, a woman had first, second and third-degree burns on her body when a can of PAM cooking spray exploded at a distance from her. It sent flames across the counter and onto her clothes and body.
Reasons for Explosions
Claims made against the manufacturer, ConAgra, say that the cause for the explosions is a defective design along with over-pressurization with flammable contents. The label propellant is not readily understood to mean high-flammable ingredients such as ethanol, propane, and butane.
It has also been stated that the flammable contents vent at a lower temperature than what is expected. The reason may be the vents which are located at the bottom of the canister. Simulations have been done which show the canisters release pressure prematurely. When this condition occurs near heat or an ignition source, it increases the chances of a flash fire.
If the canisters are over-pressurized and are venting at lower temperatures, the result is that the can of cooking spray may explode. When this happens, it can cause flammable liquids to spill onto cooks and other people in the area and cause severe burns.
What Can You Do?
Numerous lawsuits have been filed by consumers who found a law firm to represent them. These lawsuits hold ConAgra responsible for the injuries, alleging that the manufacturer knowingly used containers which were defective and knowingly over-pressurized the canister while not including warnings of these dangers.
Some of the victims who filed lawsuits have been able to receive damages for current and future medical costs, payments for treatments for burn injuries as well as lost wages and physical suffering and mental anguish.
If you or someone you love has been burned by an explosion of PAM cooking spray, you need to find an experienced lawyer who understands the repercussions of this case. Give us a call today and find out how we can help you get the compensation you deserve for your injury in this situation.