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What are the biggest challenges you face in exploding pressure cooker cases?

Denver, CO personal injury lawyer George McLaughlin talks about the biggest challenges he faces in exploding pressure cooker cases.

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the problem with
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both stovetop and electric pressure
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cookers that i’m handling
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is that at times they
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are opened while they’re still under
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pressure by design and by industry
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standards such as underwriters
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laboratories you ought not to be able
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to open the lid of a pressure cooker if
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it’s under pressure
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there should be a locking mechanism
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system in place
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that prevents that from happening so you
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shouldn’t be able to turn the lid
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and take it off if there’s pressure in
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here
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unfortunately either by
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manufacturing or design defects or by
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consumer
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mistaken belief that it’s no longer
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under pressure
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the lid gets turned and as you start to
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open it
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if it’s under even just a few pounds of
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pressure
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as it begins to open it’ll suddenly just
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blow off it’ll literally
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erupt with the contents of the pot which
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are
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superheated more than the temperature at
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which water boils
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because under pressure water boils at a
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higher temperature
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you suddenly release the seal
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everything in there erupts into steam
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and it just spews out all over the place
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i’ve seen pictures
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of pressure cookers where the lid stuck
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in the ceiling
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of an acoustic ceiling in a kitchen i’ve
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had
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clients who described the process where
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the lid blew
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off and the contents spewed all over the
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kitchen
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unfortunately the injury most people
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sustain is a scalding injury somewhere
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on the front surface of their their
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torso their face their arms
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the problem is that
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the consumer needs to immediately
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preserve everything but they’re not
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thinking of that they’re worried about
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oh my gosh i’ve just been scalded they
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want to get to the hospital
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sometimes family members at home start
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cleaning things up they don’t take
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pictures
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we have to try to educate consumers that
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when
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anything happens with any kind of a
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product whether it’s a pressure cooker
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or anything else try to document the
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scene as best you can
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and preserve all the evidence

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