This case involves a 26-year-old plaintiff who was injured during a pressure cooker explosion. The device in question was a 6-qt pressure, slow, and rice cooker. Less than one month after purchasing the pressure cooker, the plaintiff was using the device in the kitchen of her home. She proceeded to twist the valve to release the vapor. The device made loud sounds and water abruptly exploded onto the plaintiff’s neck, chest, and hands. The plaintiff suffered severe second-degree burns from the incident. She was taken to a medical center where she remained hospitalized for over a week. The plaintiff was left with scarring and disfigurement from the burns. An expert in pressure cooker engineering was sought to conduct a failure analysis of the device in question to determine whether the product was defective.
Question(s) For Expert Witness
- 1. Please briefly discuss your background working with pressure cookers.
- 2. Do you have experience in conducting failure analysis on pressure cookers?
- 3. Are you familiar with the dangers of defective pressure cookers?
Expert Witness Response E-007805
I have nearly 15 years of engineering experience, during which I have conducted failure analysis of pressure cookers on several occasions. I am familiar with the dangers of defective pressure cookers and am confident in my ability to review the case and would be willing to testify. I have served as an expert witness in cases extremely similar to the case at hand, including ongoing litigation.