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MISSION VIEJO: John Jay Curtis Injured By Exploding Corona Bottle Accident

Nov 5, 2018

John Jay Curtis Accident: 75-Year-Old Retired Lawyer Injured In Accident Involving Exploding Corona Beer Bottle At His Home In Mission Viejo

 MISSION VIEJO, CALIFORNIA (November 4, 2018) A 75-year-old retired lawyer identified as John Jay Curtis was injured in his Mission Viejo home after a Corona beer bottle suddenly exploded and hit his right leg.

John Jay Curtis told the New York Post that he brought a 24-bottle case of Corona into his home. As he was walking towards the door leading to his kitchen there was a loud explosion.

The victim was thrown backward, knocked unconscious and seriously cut by shards of glass from the Corona beer bottle. The victim’s partner rushed to help him and began picking out the glass pieces from his leg.

According to the victim, over the course of the next few days his wound “started festering and got red and started hurting.” This is far from the first time that a person has been seriously injured by exploding bottles of Corona.

Gonzalo Luis-Morales was left partially blinded by an exploding bottle as he was working in a Manhattan bar. Lachtman Ramnanan was also partially blinded by an exploding Corona bottle a month earlier.

Corona brewer Constellation Brands Inc. is the company responsible for the bottles. An investigation into the accident that injured John Jay Curtis remains ongoing at this point.

What Causes Beer Bottles To Explode?

Millions of bottles of beer and soda are sold and consumed every year across the United States. But in a number of circumstances these bottles can turn into dangerous bombs. For the most part, beer bottles explode due to over-carbonization. Bottling beer in a manner that is safe can be a very delicate process. For example, if a beer is bottled before the fermentation process is complete this can lead to a buildup of pressure in the bottle. Carbon dioxide builds up inside of the bottle and this can be enough to cause the bottle to break.  Damage to the bottle itself can accelerate this process. Even a microscopic fracture in the glass may allow for an explosion to occur. Victims that are injured by exploding beer bottles may have the ability to recover damages under product liability law.

Liability In Accidents Involving Exploding Beer Bottles

There are a number of entities that may face civil liability for the unfortunate accident that injured John Jay Curtis. Companies like Constellation Brands Inc. have a responsibility to manufacturer products in a reasonably safe manner. Companies may be held liable for defects with their products that result in injuries. Generally speaking, a product can be defective in three different ways.

Design defects occur when a product is inherently unsafe, even before it is manufactured. Products can be inherently unsafe for a number of reasons. The materials used to build it may be deficient for their stated purposes. A number of GM cars were deemed unsafe because their gas tanks were prone to catching fire after an accident. Numerous victims sustained burn injuries. Products can also become unsafe due to defects in the manufacturing process. Companies that manufacturer beers may botch the carbonization process and turn their bottles into lethal grenades. A company may also be held liable for an accident for failing to warn about the dangers associated with using their product.

Constellation Brands Inc. was successfully sued for $300,000 after a Florida man was injured when a Corona bottle exploded in his hand. The victim sustained a severe cut to the median nerve in his hand. During the discovery process, it was determined that Constellation Brands Inc. did not have any record of impact testing. A number of other lawsuits have been filed by victims that have been blinded by exploding corona bottles.

Preserving Your Rights After Being Injured By An Exploding Corona Beer Bottle

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers were concerned to read about the freak accident that injured  John Jay Curtis. Constellation Brands Inc. needs to do a better job of testing their bottles in order to prevent similar accidents. No one should ever have to worry about being blinded or seriously injured by simply holding a beer bottle.

If you or someone that you love has been injured in an accident involving an exploding Corona beer bottle you may be entitled to compensation. Our team of personal injury lawyers are here to help you in any way that we can. We focus exclusively on personal injury law and have recovered over $1 billion for our deserving clients. Our primary goal is to make sure that our clients are well taken care of after an accident. Whether you just have questions about your rights or are looking to hire an attorney we are here for you. You can reach us anytime at (888) 888-9285.


  1. Priscilla DeGregory. Yet another man says Corona bottle exploded, wounded him. November 4, 2018.

  2. Draft. Occupational hazard: exploding beer. 2018

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