Beasley Allen is representing a Georgia couple in their suit against Tristar Products Inc. after a pressure cooker seriously burned and disfigured them.
It was a normal evening for Andrew and Kaylle Jewell. The couple was preparing a dinner of spicy pork tacos for themselves and their three children using a Model Y6D-36 pressure cooker. When the meat for their meal was finished, Kaylle released the pressure valve to let the steam escape.
Andrew began to open the lid once the pressure cooker was no longer releasing steam. Suddenly, the lid exploded off the top, ejecting the contents onto the couple in front of their children.
The couple ran screaming to their shower, hoping to relieve the pain but quickly realized their burns could not be soothed with cold water. They drove in agony to the nearest ER where doctors and nurses treated their painful injuries.
“Tragedy struck when our clients least expected it,” said Moore, based out of Beasley Allen’s Atlanta office. “It’s horrific that the Jewells suffered severe and permanent injuries while cooking their family dinner. It’s even worse that the children witnessed the event. Tristar must account for its actions and inactions that led to this devastating result.”
The Jewells claim Tristar was aware of the product’s defects but failed to warn consumers or remedy the problem. They also allege that Tristar was negligent in designing, manufacturing and testing its pressure cooker.
Additional claims include breach of warranty and strict liability.
The case is Andrew Jewell and Kaylle Jewell v. Tristar Products, Inc., filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, Newnan Division.