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California Product Liability Lawyers

Helping consumers seek justice and compensation for their injuries.


Our California product liability attorneys at Carpenter & Zuckerman are dedicated to providing faithful representation to our clients. We have an impressive track record of securing compensation for our clients' medical expenses, lost wages, emotional distress, and more.

In fact, we have won over $2 billion on behalf of our clients since 1995.

If you or someone you love has been injured by a dangerous or defective product, our firm is here to help. We handle cases on a contingency fee basis, which means you don't pay for our services unless we win your case. We also offer a free evaluation to start your case.

What is Product Liability?

As consumers, we use hundreds of products every single day. We drive vehicles. We take prescriptions and over-the-counter medications. We use electronic devices, home appliances, cosmetology products, sports equipment, and literally hundreds of other products that make our lives easier in so many ways. If you are harmed because of a problem with an item, you may be able to pursue a civil claim to recover compensation for your resulting injuries.

Product liability is an area of law that governs these types of cases and will determine if manufacturers, designers, retailers, and other entities involved in the marketing chain should be held accountable and forced to pay you money for your losses.

Types of Product Liability Cases

Design Defects

Design defect cases arise when a product has been manufactured according to specifications yet is still deemed dangerous due to a flaw in the design that makes the product inherently hazardous. For example, if a toy for children was designed with detachable small parts that increase the risk of choking, it would constitute a design defect case. 

Manufacturing Defects

Manufacturing defects occur when a mistake made in the production process results in an unsafe outcome. A manufacturing defect could be something as simple as missing screws or bolts on furniture or something involving improperly implemented technology, such as miscalibrated airbags or faulty fuel systems in an automobile. 

Warning Defects

Companies are required by law to provide adequate warning labels and instructions for customers so they can make an informed decision about whether or not to use the item. For example, if a food manufacturer fails to list all ingredients on their packaging, even though some may contain known allergens, they could face product liability lawsuits.


  • Automotive parts: Auto parts can be defective in a variety of ways, including faulty design, manufacturing defects, or inadequate warnings and instructions. When these defects lead to an injury, the manufacturer may be held liable.

  • Pharmaceutical drugs: Pharmaceutical products can be defective if they contain dangerous ingredients or fail to provide adequate warnings about potential side effects or interactions with other medications.

  • Children's toys: Toy manufacturers have a responsibility to ensure their products are safe for use by children and meet all applicable safety standards. If a toy is found to be defective and causes an injury, the manufacturer may be held liable.

  • Medical devices: Medical device manufacturers must ensure their products meet all applicable safety standards before releasing them on the market and provide adequate warnings about potential risks associated with using their products. 

  • Household appliances: Household appliances such as microwaves, ovens, dishwashers, and refrigerators can also be subject to product liability claims if they are found to be defective or dangerous.

  • Tools and machinery: Tools and machinery such as power saws, drills, lawnmowers, and other equipment, could have faulty wiring or design flaws that lead to fires or electric shocks, as well as inadequate warning labels. 

  • Furniture: Furniture such as chairs, couches, beds, tables, etc., can also be subject to product liability claims if they are found to have design defects that make them unsafe for use by consumers (e.g., unstable chair legs).

  • Sports equipment: Sports equipment such as helmets, shoulder pads, elbow pads, etc., can also be subject to product liability claims if they are found not to provide adequate protection from injury during use. 

  • Food products: Food products can also be subject to product liability claims if they contain hidden allergens (e.g., peanuts not listed on label) or otherwise cause physical harm due to contamination (e.g., Listeria contamination). 


Product liability cases in California can be complex and may involve lengthy legal processes. One important factor to consider when pursuing a product liability claim is the statute of limitations. As per state law, an injured party generally has two years from the date the injured party knew or should have known of their injuries to file a lawsuit. Waiting can mean losing the chance to seek compensation. This is why it is crucial to consult with a products liability attorney in California right away. 


To win a product liability case, you must show the product was defective or inherently dangerous and that the defect caused your injury. In addition to proving causation, you may also have to demonstrate that you took all reasonable steps in using and maintaining the product and adhering to any warnings provided by the manufacturer. 

In California, the victim does not have to prove that the defendant acted negligently or intentionally in product liability cases. That is because a legal doctrine called “strict liability” applies to these types of claims. This is beneficial for victims harmed by products and can make it easier for them to prevail and get the compensation they need after a product hurts their health or well-being. 

At Carpenter & Zuckerman, we are aware of the potential roadblocks in these cases. While the burden to recover damages under product liability law is lower than in other personal injury cases, product liability cases are usually extremely complex. Proving a product is defective is not easy and requires significant investigation. Another issue encountered in product liability cases is determining fault. The defendant may try to shift blame onto other parties, such as suppliers, distributors, and retailers if those entities had some control over how the product was designed, manufactured, or marketed. These cases also require a deep understanding of the intricate laws governing product liability claims and often pit injured victims against large companies that have seemingly limitless resources.

Don’t try to handle your product liability claim on your own. Our highly experienced product liability lawyers at CZ Law are here to fight for justice on your behalf so you can focus on your recovery!

Our California products liability lawyers have the experience and skill it takes to tackle the multifaceted and complex aspects of these product liability claims. Our firm has retained experts who are nationally known in their fields, as well as some of the finest medical experts in California to help our clients. Because of the size and strength of our firm, we have the resources to match the firepower of big companies and their insurers, which do everything in their power to try to get a discount on the payment of legitimate claims. There are strategies our California product liability lawyers can employ to fight them, and our award-winning lawyers won’t back down until we get you the compensation you deserve.


The length of time for a product liability claim to be resolved varies depending on the severity and complexity of the case. Generally, minor claims with straightforward evidence can take around six months to a year to settle. On the other hand, more complex cases involving multiple parties or extensive litigation may take up to several years before reaching a final resolution. 

Aside from understanding the legal complexities of any lawsuit, it is important to understand that a product liability case involves various stages of resolution. These include identifying potential defendants and their insurance companies, collecting evidence, conducting discovery, participating in depositions and hearings, negotiating settlements, and going to trial if necessary. 

It is also essential to consider that not all cases are concluded within a reasonable period due to many factors, such as limited resources or witnesses that cannot be located to provide relevant testimony. This can cause delays in proceedings and rack up costs associated with lengthy proceedings, which could add up quickly. 

At Carpenter & Zuckerman, our priority is fighting for an agreeable resolution in terms of the compensation awarded and the time it takes to resolve your case. Our team will be at your side from the moment you file your lawsuit to the resolution of your case, providing guidance and advice wherever possible and never ceasing to fight for justice and fair compensation on your behalf.


Our California product liability attorneys have a successful record representing people in cases of product liability and can fight hard in pursuit of the compensation you need to heal. Whether your case involves a design defect, a manufacturing defect, or a failure to warn, we are prepared to represent you with unwavering ferocity and dedication.

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