Defective Pressure Cooker Causes Severe Burn Injuries

ByVictoria Negron


Updated on September 12, 2018

This case involves a consumer from Indiana who was cooking with his pressure cooker when it exploded. The consumer was hosting a party at the time of the explosion and several people were in the kitchen when the pressure cooker exploded. The consumer suffered third-degree burns across his body and 2 other party attendees received second-degree burns from the incident. It was alleged that a design defect in the pressure cooker caused the release valve to build-up steam leading to the explosion. An expert familiar with the design of these products was sought to evaluate whether there was a design defect with this model.

Question(s) For Expert Witness

1. Please briefly describe your work with pressure cookers.

Expert Witness Response E-051638

inline imageI served as an aerospace industry engineering executive before entering private practice in 2005. I am thoroughly familiar with electric pressure cooker design and defects, and serve presently as an expert on two class action lawsuits against a major pressure cooker manufacturer and on several individual lawsuits against that same manufacturer. I have conducted dozens of tests for exploding pressure cookers and have a pressure test chamber for explosion testing. I have also investigated and tested stovetop pressure cookers and served as an expert on one stovetop pressure cooker case.

About the author

Victoria Negron

Victoria Negron

Victoria Negron has extensive experience in journalism and thought leadership in the legal space, with a background crafting content, whitepapers, webinars, and current event articles pertaining to the role of expert witnesses in complex litigation matters. She is a skilled professional specializing in B2B product marketing and content marketing. Currently, she serves as an Enterprise Product Marketing Manager at Postman, and previously held the position of Technical Product Marketing Manager at Palantir Technologies, where she developed her skills in launch strategies, go-to-market strategy, and competitive analysis.

Her expertise in content marketing was further refined during her tenure at the Expert Institute, where she progressed from a Marketing Writer to Senior Content Marketing Manager, and eventually to Associate Director of Content & Product Marketing. In these roles, she honed her abilities in digital marketing, SEO, content strategy, and thought leadership.

Educationally, Victoria holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Florida - Warrington College of Business and a Bachelor of Arts in Literature, Art, and Hispanic Studies from Hamilton College. Her diverse educational background and professional experience have equipped her with a robust skill set in product marketing, content development, and strategic marketing initiatives.

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