Severe Burns Following a Pressure Cooker Explosion

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February 27, 2019
Edward Smith

Pressure Cooker Explosion Burn Injuries

Every day, people suffer severe injuries while using household products. In some cases, these injuries could lead to lifelong complications. These issues can make it hard to resume their everyday routine. According to statistics on unintentional injuries that have been published by the National Safety Council:

  • Accidental injuries are the third-leading cause of death in the United States.
  • From 2015 to 2016, deaths from preventable injuries rose by about 10 percent.
  • Once per second, someone in the United States suffers an injury that could have been avoided.
  • Every three minutes, someone dies due to a preventable injury.

People are also injured by cookware that they use in their homes every day, such as a pressure cooker. A recent case was published discussing an individual who suffered severe injuries when a pressure cooker exploded.

Pressure Cooker Burns as a Case Report

Pressure cookers come in many different shapes and sizes. They use pressure and temperature to simmer the food over a long period. The device was placed in the kitchen and turned on in this case. The device exploded when the individual twisted the release valve to vent some of the pressure. Boiling water doused the individual on the chest, neck, and hands. The individual immediately went to the hospital and was diagnosed with multiple second-degree burns. The individual remained hospitalized for more than a week. Unfortunately, the individual had permanent scarring and was disfigured due to the injuries. An expert was quickly contacted to examine the pressure cooker and determine precisely what went wrong with the product and why this explosion occurred.

Treatment of Severe Burn Injuries

Like other injuries, burns can range in their severity. They are generally broken up into three different classes:

  • First-degree burns typically cause redness and pain on the surface of the skin. They can be treated with cool water and oral pain medication. These injuries heal quickly.
  • Second-degree burns are severe and cause blistering and peeling of the skin. If the blisters open up, they could become infected, leading to sepsis.
  • Third-degree burns cause damage to the underlying muscle and tissue of the body. They are life-threatening and require treatment in a specialized burn center.

After receiving medical care, determining why the burn occurred is essential. Those who suffer burns while using a household product, such as a pressure cooker, should meet with an experienced injury lawyer. You and your family might be entitled to compensation.

Watch YouTube Video: How to Treat a Burn at Home. In this video, Dr. Doris Day explains how to treat minor burns at home and how to tell when you should seek medical treatment.

Sacramento Products Liability Lawyers

I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento Products Liability Lawyer. All products must undergo safety testing. However, severe injuries can still happen. If you or someone you care about has suffered a severe injury following the use of an everyday household product, call me at (800) 404-5400 or (916) 921-6400 for free, friendly legal advice.

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