Who Is Responsible When Amazon Product Injures?


| Jim Coogan

Dangerous Products Can Injure

Key: Determining the Responsible Party

When an injury occurs as the result of negligence, one of the first questions is: who is responsible? When a vehicle strikes a pedestrian in a crosswalk, the answer may be clear. But what if the driver was driving as part of their job? A good lawyer will dig into these questions and identify the proper parties.

But when a product fails–cutting, burning, exploding–finding the responsible party may be more difficult. In 2021, millions of Americans buy hundreds of millions of products through Amazon. It is the world’s largest online retailer. Historically, the retailer was not necessarily responsible for injuries caused by products they sold. After all, Amazon does not manufacture the products. The merchant does.

Recently, Amazon announced a change to their policy. They will now honor some claims for defective and dangerous products. Additionally, Amazon is offering access for merchants to purchase insurance for when their products injure people.

Finding the Right Lawyer Is Critical

Products fail. Injuries happen. The first and most important thing is that you get medical attention. Second, if possible, you should preserve any products, packaging, or videos or photos of the product or injury. Then, the only real way to find out if you can get any legal help to pay medical bills, lost wages and other expenses, is to speak with a lawyer. “Product liability” claims are complicated. They can be expensive to build. A

Without the right lawyer, you will not know the right questions to ask or how to find the answers. If you have a question about a failed product that caused injury, reach out to the lawyers at Coogan Gallagher.

 

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