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Defective Conagra cooking sprays the subject of lawsuits

Georgia residents should know that Pam and other cooking sprays have been linked to certain injury cases, some extending back to mid-2017. Six lawsuits were filed in the Cook County Circuit Court against Conagra, the Chicago-based company that makes these sprays. The victims all allege that the cooking spray exploded and burned them when they placed it near a stove or grill top. One of the plaintiffs was even blinded in one eye.

The lawsuits charge Conagra with designing and producing defective cooking sprays and not warning consumers about their flammability. Conagra has responded by saying that their cooking sprays come with clear warnings that they should not be left near heat sources or used near open flames. Warnings and instructions are labeled on the front and back of the sprays.

The lawsuits allege that Conagra introduced a new aerosol can design in 2011 as a way to cut costs. This design, used mainly for cans 10 ounces or larger, is liable to make the can explode at temperatures lower than the company intended. Yet Conagra has refused to announce a nationwide recall of these cans. Conagra, in its defense, states that the design in question is no longer being produced.

When a design, manufacturing or marketing defect contributes to an injury, victims may be able to file a lawsuit, but they may need to see a lawyer who understands product liability. The lawyer may hire third parties like investigators, photographers and expert witnesses to build up the case.

The lawyer may then negotiate for a settlement out of court, litigating if one cannot be achieved. If successful, victims might be compensated for their medical expenses, lost wages, a diminished capacity to earn a living and much more. Georgia has a two-year statute of limitations (four years if the defective product caused property damage).

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