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Sunbeam Recalls Nearly 1 Million Crock-Pots Due to Burn Hazard.

On November 24, 2020, Sunbeam voluntarily recalled more than 900,000 Crock-Pot multi-cookers due to a potential burn hazard. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”), “the recalled Crock-Pot multi-cooker can pressurize when the lid is not fully locked.” Which they say, “can cause the lid to suddenly detach while the product is in use, posing burn risks to consumers from hot food and liquids ejected from the product.” Sunbeam has so far received 119 reports of the lids detaching, resulting in “99 burn injuries ranging in severity from first-degree to third-degree burns.”

The recall involves the Crock-Pot 6-Quart Express Crock Multi-Cooker, model number SCCPPC600-V1, that were manufactured between July 1, 2017 and October 1, 2018. The model number can be found on the label on the bottom of the cooker and the manufacture date code is engraved on one of the prongs of the electrical plug as well as on the bottom of the base. The manufacture date codes are K196JN through K365JN and L001JN through L273JN. You can learn more about the recall and learn if your Crock-Pot is included by visiting Crock-Pot Recall (crock-pot.com). Additional information on the recall may be obtained from the CPSC’s website Crock-Pot 6-Quart Express Crock Multi-Cookers Recalled by Sunbeam Products Due to Burn Hazard | CPSC.gov.

If you or a loved one have been injured while using an electric pressure cooker, we may be able to help. Call for a free consultation today.

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If you have an attorney representing you, then they will be able to help you correspond with an insurance company. You’ll generally want to cooperate fully with your own insurance company unless they offer you payment that is less than you deserve.

When it comes to another person’s insurance company, you aren’t obligated to give them a statement. They will use statements you make against you to lessen payments or deny them altogether. If you are contacted by another person’s insurance company, tell them to talk to your lawyer.

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Tips for dealing with the insurance company

If you have an attorney representing you, then they will be able to help you correspond with an insurance company. You’ll generally want to cooperate fully with your own insurance company unless they offer you payment that is less than you deserve.

When it comes to another person’s insurance company, you aren’t obligated to give them a statement. They will use statements you make against you to lessen payments or deny them altogether. If you are contacted by another person’s insurance company, tell them to talk to your lawyer.

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November 30, 2020 / Catastrophic Injuries

How Much is a Second-Degree Burn Worth?

If you or a loved one has been burned, not only is there a lot of pain involved, but you also likely have mounting medical and hospital bills. Whether red, a pallid white or blistering, the skin is damaged and often scarred after being burned, which means there can be lasting damage. The pain and suffering of this experience is made even worse if the burn was caused by someone else’s negligence. Whether you were burned in a workp[...]

August 31, 2020 / Truck Accidents

How Much Does A Semi Weigh?

If you’re wondering how much does a semi weigh, then the answer depends on whether or not the truck is pulling a trailer and how much cargo is in it. A fully loaded tractor trailer typically weighs about 80,000 pounds. A semi pulling an empty trailer weighs roughly 35,000 pounds. Loaded tractor trailers can take 20% - 40% more distance to stop than cars do – about the length of two football fields. 4,136 people died in U.S[...]

August 14, 2020 / Wrongful Death

Can You Sue a Hospital for Wrongful Death?

If you’ve put your trust in a hospital and agree to have your loved one receive medical care there, it’s a horrible shock when they die unexpectedly. You believed you were taking them to a safe, responsible environment only to discover that they died needlessly because of someone else’s negligence or carelessness. This could be a case of wrongful death, and your grieving family could be entitled to financial compensation. We [...]

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What you should do after being injured

Always prioritize your health after suffering an injury. Seek immediate medical attention and notify someone of your injury. If you were involved in a crash, call the police immediately. If you were injured on the job, tell your employer or supervisor, in writing if possible.

If you suspect your injury might require legal action, consider contacting a personal injury lawyer in Indianapolis as soon as possible. Attorneys provide guidance about what you should and shouldn’t do in the days, weeks and months that follow your injury. They can help make smarter, well-informed decisions and help you avoid any potential mistakes.

Consider keeping a file containing copies of anything related to an accident or injury. This includes copies of medical bills, repair bills and correspondence with insurers or other attorneys.

Importance of seeking medical attention

It’s vital to see a doctor after your injury. The most important reason you should do this is your health. In any type of accident, you might be unaware how serious your injuries are. Your visits to the doctor will be important if you choose to file an injury claim. Seeking medical attention is proof that you were injured and that it was serious enough to warrant visits to the doctor.

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