Exploding Aerosol Can Results in Loss of Eye
We represented a man who was working in the kitchen of a diner when an aerosol can of window spray exploded and rocketed into his right eye.
The manufacturers of the window spray claimed that the can must have been placed near a stove. However, our client swore the window spray was on a cutting board, not near the stove. Analysis of the water used to make the window spray showed that it had a high chlorine content. The chlorinated water reacted with the inside surface of the can and triggered a chemical reaction which caused pressure to build up inside the can. The excessive internal pressure caused the bottom of the can to push out and disengage from the can body, turning the can into a rocket.
Our client lost his right eye as a result of the accident. The jury awarded our client and his wife $2 million dollars in compensation.