Pam Cooking Spray Explosion & Burn Lawsuits
Millions of households use the popular cooking spray, Pam, by Conagra Brands. For years, consumers used the sprays without issue…until the company changed its spray can design in 2011. Now, several plaintiffs with severe burn injuries are filing lawsuits against Conagra for defective and dangerous products.
If you believe you have grounds for a Pam cooking spray explosion, fire, or burn lawsuit in Chicago or across the U.S., contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers. We can help you understand your rights and hold Conagra accountable for releasing defectively designed spray cans. Let us fight for fair compensation on your behalf. Call (888) 424-5757 for a free consultation with our product liability attorneys.
Pam Cooking Spray Could Pose Serious Risks to Consumers
Several new lawsuits have arisen in the face of exploding Pam cooking sprays. Victims allege that the bottom of the cans contained defects that caused them to explode when they worked around a heat source or open flame from a stove – leading to severe burn injuries. Some victims had to undergo surgeries and rehabilitation (for third-degree burns), while one was in a medically induced coma for two weeks after the incident. Most of the victims seeking restitution will have lifelong scarring from their burn injuries.
Manufacturers pressurize cooking spray cans so the propellant can create an effective product. Pressurized cans, however, come with certain risks. Excessive heat, faulty valves, can corrosion, or punctures can all cause cans to rapidly depressurize. In severe cases, these cans can explode and cause major fires. Spray can explosions can lead to serious burn injuries, shrapnel injuries, and damage to the eyes and ears. All pressurized spray cans come with this risk.
Some models of Pam cooking spray contain a special design Conagra, the maker of Pam, used sporadically over the last few years. Although Conagra stopped using this design earlier this year, it did not issue a recall of the thousands of cans of already shipped products. These cooking sprays have shelf lives of several years on store shelves, and may pose risks to additional consumers in the future.
What We Know About Pam Cooking Spray Lawsuits
The lawsuits against Conagra allege that the Pam cooking spray cans contain a defect that makes them unreasonably dangerous for consumers to use. Rather than posing the normal level of risk that comes with all pressurized cans, victims allege that certain Pam cans elevate the risk due to a defective ventilation system. The U-shaped vent design on the bottom of the canister that Conagra began using in 2011 is the claimed source of the problem. Conagra tried out this new design mainly on bottles of Pam that contain 10 ounces or more.
The U-shaped ventilation system was meant to enable to container to vent flammable contents slowly and in a controlled way if depressurized, according to Conagra spokespeople. Burn victims and their plaintiffs' attorney are alleging that the vents made the cooking spray more susceptible to explosion than the tried and true design Conagra had used for over 60 years. The lawsuits also say Conagra failed to warn consumers about the very serious foreseeable risks of the U-shaped ventilation system.
When contacted about the issue, Conagra released a statement saying that it's cans are “100 percent safe and effective when used correctly.” Conagra went on to say that all its Pam cooking sprays have clear warning labels on the back of the packaging to use responsibly as flammable products, and to keep away from heat sources and open flames. Conagra also said it removed the vented cans from production early in 2019, for reasons not relating to the lawsuits.
Pam Cooking Spray Lawsuit FAQs
Cooking spray fires and explosions are not new. Similar cooking sprays cases have arisen since at least 2012 with home cooks and food service professionals. A renewed focus on the subject has occurred, however, due to recent alleged product defects in Pam cooking spray bottles. This has led to many questions regarding cooking spray safety, product defects, and lawsuits against manufacturers. Here, we answer some of the most frequently asked questions our attorneys receive:
Have Defective Pam Cooking Spray Cans Been Recalled From the Market?
No, despite numerous complaints to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there has never been a recall regarding Pam cooking sprays. However, a Conagra spokesperson says the U-shaped vent design is no longer in production. The company has standardized the cans across the product line to not include these vents.
How do I Know if I Have a can of Defective Pam Cooking Spray?
Many victims and experts blame the latest fires and explosions on the four U-shaped vents on the bottoms of the 10-ounce and larger cans of Pam. These pressurized tabs can rapidly release the cooking oil and cause serious fires. Use bottles of Pam that do not have the U-shaped vent design to be safe.
How can I Reduce my Risk of Injury While Using Pam?
Aside from avoiding cans with U-shaped vents on the bottoms, you can further reduce your risk of injury while using Pam cooking spray by keeping it away from sources of heat and open flames. Do not store cooking sprays near your oven and do not spray near open flames of a stove or grill. Follow all the instructions on the can of cooking spray to reduce your risk of injury.
Have any Burn Injury Lawsuits Been Filed Against the Manufacturers of Pam Cooking Spray?
Yes. Eight plaintiffs recently filed product liability lawsuits against Conagra for allegedly defective design of the cans that caused severe fires and burn injuries in Cook County Circuit Court. There were six lawsuits altogether, since two pairs of victims were couples cooking together. Conagra has faced similar lawsuits from burn victims over the last view years.
Have the Manufacturers of Pam Cooking Spray Settled any Lawsuits?
No. So far, Conagra has not settled any of the ongoing defective cans lawsuits against it. The company’s senior vice president, Jon Harris, said they were “looking forward to their day in court.” A few previous lawsuits regarding exploding cans of Pam remain in litigation, while the six most recent lawsuits have barely begun.
How Long Do I have to File a Pam Cooking Spray Lawsuit?
The deadline to file a product liability lawsuit varies from state to state. In Illinois, you have two years from the date of the incident to bring a personal injury claim. If the explosion only caused property damage, you have five years to file your lawsuit.
How do I Know if I Have a Lawsuit Against Conagra for Injuries Related to Pam?
Conagra has tried to escape liability by saying all Pam cooking sprays have large warning labels and clear instructions that explain the product is flammable. That does not, however, mean you cannot hold the manufacturer responsible. You may have a lawsuit if you suffered serious injuries while using Pam cooking spray. Speak to an attorney to find out if you have grounds for a lawsuit.
You might be feeling overwhelmed after suffering serious burn injuries from a cooking spray fire. Many clients have dozens of questions about Conagra, defective spray cans, and product liability lawsuits. If you are one of them, we can help. A free consultation at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can answer all of your questions and concerns in more detail.
Compensation Available to People Injured by Pam can Explosions
It is important to discuss your cooking spray explosion incident with a product liability attorney. Conagra could owe you thousands of dollars for your damages. Filing a claim or joining a class action lawsuit against Pam cooking spray’s manufacturer can hold the company accountable for its negligent or wanton actions, and give you compensation for the following losses:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Lost wages and capacity to earn
- Property damage repairs
- Physical pain and suffering for burn injuries
- Emotional distress
- Lost quality of life
- Punitive damages
In general, the more serious your burn injuries, the more money your case will be worth. Using an attorney’s help in filing your claim and fighting for compensation can ensure you get fair results. No insurance company can take advantage of you when a lawyer is handling settlement negotiations on your behalf.
Why Choose Us?
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers has decades of experience helping clients throughout Illinois with complicated personal injury claims. We have the personnel and resources to maximize your odds of success. Our lawyers have been following the developments of the Pam cooking spray cases closely over the years. We want to help anyone in Illinois that has become a victim because of Conagra’s negligence. Here’s why clients choose us:
- We have secured over $100 million in results for past clients over the years.
- We care about what happens to our clients, and work around the clock to develop each case.
- We work on a contingency fee basis, so we only charge if we win the case.
It is important to hire a law firm that gives you confidence in its abilities to fight for your best interests. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers takes pride in serving victims in Chicago and throughout Illinois. We want to help you through this difficult time. Let us stand by your side during insurance settlement negotiations and/or a product liability trial. Experience the Rosenfeld difference.
Request a Free Legal Consultation With Our Pam Explosion Attorneys
Exploding cans of Pam cooking spray can ruin people’s lives. At Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, we are passionate about bringing negligent parties to justice for the good of the people. We want to help burn injury victims expose Conagra for its failure to warn consumers of known risks. We want to help prevent future accidents from befalling any other unsuspecting consumers.
If you believe you have a case against Conagra for a cooking spray can that caught fire, exploded, or shot flames, contact us. Our Chicago personal injury attorneys can review your case and offer legal counsel for free. Our no-obligation consultations can give you the information you need to move forward. Let us help you through this difficult time. Call (888) 424-5757 to request your initial case review.
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