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Amazon Products Might Lead to Burn Injuries

Reports of products sold by AmazonBasics presenting fire hazards should be concerning to all consumers. If an Amazon product catches fire and causes burns, seek help from a Matthews personal injury lawyer who handles product liability cases. 

Amazon is one of the top retailers in the world, and the company sells a wide range of products from thousands of manufacturers. Amazon also sells products under its own line, AmazonBasics, and this line has about 5,000 products offered. However, recent reports indicate that some electronic products sold by AmazonBasics might present the risk of fires and burn injuries in your home. If you or a family member suffers injuries due to a defective AmazonBasics product, you should not wait to contact a Matthews personal injury lawyer who handles product liability claims.

Potential Risks of AmazonBasics Electronics

There have been numerous reports of these products catching fire, smoking, or even exploding in various homes. Some reports involved:

  • A surge protector shot out flames like a “blowtorch” in a baby’s nursery
  • A USB cord caused a desk chair to catch on fire, resulting in burns to the homeowner
  • Phone chargers got too hot and burned the hands of users
  • A USB cord caught fire in a car with a toddler inside
  • A microwave being used by a child caught fire
  • A battery exploded and sprayed chemicals at someone
  • A paper shredder turned into a “fireball”

What is Product Liability?

Product liability law allows people who are injured by defective products to recover compensation from certain parties, often manufacturers or retailers. Product defects typically fall into one of three categories: design defects, manufacturing defects, or marketing defects. This last category involves a failure to warn consumers about a non-obvious danger a product poses that could be mitigated with a warning.

In addition to the products discussed above, there are a wide variety of consumer products that have the potential to cause serious injury in the event they are defective. These include:

  • Toys and other products designed for children
  • Baby products like cribs and strollers
  • Vehicles
  • Recreational equipment
  • Cosmetics
  • Appliances
  • Electronics
  • Tools
  • Work equipment
  • Furniture

If you are hurt by a product that you suspect was defective, there are a few things you can do to maximize the chances that you will be able to recover compensation for your losses. First of all, do not throw the product away. If you have the original packaging and instructions, keep those as well.

Next, be sure to seek medical attention, even if you do not think you need it. It’s important to have your injuries identified and treated both for your health as well as for any claim that you may file in the future. Not surprisingly, insurance companies want to see documentation of claimants’ injuries, and a lack of such documentation can hurt your chances of getting the compensation to which you are entitled.

Finally, be sure to retain an attorney to represent you as soon as you can. Working with legal counsel from the beginning can increase your chances of getting the full and fair value of your claim.

Consult with Our Matthews Personal Injury Lawyers Today

At Panchenko Law Firm, we know how to help people injured by defective products get the compensation they deserve. To schedule your free case evaluation, call (704) 900-7675 or contact us online.

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