Modesto Products Liability Lawyer

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Products liability is an area of law that falls under the umbrella of personal injury.  It relates to harm caused by dangerous and/or defective consumer products. The Modesto products liability lawyers at have extensive experience representing individuals for injuries sustained as a result of the use of dangerous products sold by negligent manufacturers.  

The American Marketplace

Americans are fortunate to have access to mostly safe and effective products of all kinds that keep us healthy and make our lives easier.  Because we have consumer advocates and government agencies tasked with regulations and oversight, we can place a lot of trust in the products we purchase.  We often do not even consider that something we are buying could be hazardous.  

We have come to subconsciously rely on product testing, proper design, and standardized manufacturing procedures and believe that these systems will keep consumer products safe.  More often than not, they do. Sometimes, however, one or more of those safeguards fail because of negligence, resulting in a dangerous product on the market that can cause injuries and sometimes deaths.  When the unthinkable happens, those that suffered harm may be entitled to money to compensate for their losses.  

The Role of a Products Liability Lawyer

Even though we have many systems in place to keep consumer products in the American marketplace safe, there is still public exposure to unsafe and/or defective products regularly. This could be the result of undetected design flaws or manufacturer defects. There are laws within the state of California that provide remedies to consumers if they were harmed by a defective and/or dangerous product. 

A vital piece of the puzzle that will be investigated by an experienced products liability attorney in Modesto is at what point in the manufacturing process did the negligence occur.  The results of such an investigation will determine which entity will be held liable for the injured person's damages.  Often in a products liability matter, there are several defendants, some of whom may include:

  • Assembly manufacturers
  • Part manufacturers
  • Retail outlets
  • Distributors
  • Wholesalers
  • Designers
Determining Defendant Negligence

One way a product manufacturer may be found liable for harm is by a failure to warn consumers of the potential health hazards that may arise with the use of its product.  Manufacturers have an obligation to include explicit warnings of identified dangers within paperwork included with the product or directly on its label.  If a dangerous or defective product results in injury or a medical condition to a user, one or more of the types of legal responsibility listed below could be alleged in a lawsuit:  

  • Manufacturing Defect
  • Defect in Design
  • Failure to Warn
Products That Are More Likely to be Hazardous

A design flaw or manufacturing defect could render nearly any type of product dangerous, but some are more likely to present a hazard due to their nature and intended use.  Several of the most common types of products that spark products liability lawsuits include:

  • Medical Devices, such as Allergan Breast Implants, Paragard IUD or transvaginal mesh
  • Medicine - either over-the-counter or prescription.  Some recent examples include Metformin, Elmiron, and Zantac.  Medications may have unreported side effects, come with incomplete or incorrect instructions, have a manufacturing defect, or be sold without required warning labels.
  • Machinery and Tools
  • Pesticides - Dicamba and Round-Up are two examples
  • Other Chemicals
  • Consumables/food items
  • Tobacco
  • Firearms
  • Automobile accessories including seatbelts, airbags, car and booster seats, and tires
  • Entire motor vehicles including motorcycles, trucks, ATVs and other recreational vehicles
  • Toys - may present a choking danger or contain lead paint, for example
  • Furniture designed for children that have entrapment, crush, or asphyxiation risks
  • Appliances
  • Clothing that may be flammable or present a choking hazard
  • Jack stands (Harbor Freight recently issued a recall on several models)
  • Electric heaters
  • Industrial equipment including forklifts, cranes, and scaffolding
  • Ladders and step stools

In some cases, the dangers associated with a product become so clear that the product is removed from the market.  Some products that have recently been recalled include:

  • Takata airbags (recalled by manufacturer)
  • Zantac (recalled by FDA)
  • Metformin (several manufacturers recalled voluntarily)
  • Allergan breast implants (recalled by FDA)

Here is a YouTube video from the Associated Press discussing the Zantac recall.

Dangerous Products and the Injuries They Cause

Injuries caused by dangerous products are often overlooked.  It may not be immediately apparent that the injury or medical condition was caused by the use of a defective or dangerous product, especially when the harm resulted from taking medication.  In other instances, the injured party may feel that going after a large corporation would be a waste of time.  Negligent companies need to be held responsible for the damage they cause when they put a dangerous product on the American marketplace. 

Every year, consumers sustain injuries, some of them fatal, because they trusted the systems and used a product they did not know was dangerous.  Below is a list of some common injuries that can result from dangerous or faulty product use:

  • Head injuries from falls
  • Suffocation
  • Fractures/broken bones
  • Lacerations
  • Burns
  • Poisoning
  • Diagnosis of cancer from using a dangerous medication
  • Disfigurement
  • Electric shock injuries
  • Paralysis
  • Death
Importance of Working with a Products Liability Lawyer

The recovery from serious injuries can be prolonged.  It may take years, and many times the injured are left with permanent disabilities and chronic pain.  Taking up a legal fight against a large and powerful corporation requires a lot of courage.  It is essential for you to be informed about your legal options if you were harmed as a result of your use of a defective or dangerous consumer product. Our skilled injury lawyers invite you to contact us to discuss your potential claim.

Contact a Products Liability Attorney in Modesto, CA Today

If you or anyone you love suffered injuries after using a defective or dangerous item, contact our products liability lawyers from Modesto without delay to receive free, friendly case advice at (209) 227-1931 or (800) 404-5400.

Our attorneys are available anytime to meet with you to go over the details of your potential products liability case at our Modesto office.

1015 12th Street, STE 7
Modesto, CA 95354

The attorneys at are skilled and have extensive experience in litigation against dangerous product manufacturers.  Whether through settlement or jury trial, we have had great success concluding many significant product liability cases, and have obtained financial recoveries for California residents who have suffered because they trusted the use of a medical device, drug product, automobile or auto part, or other dangerous consumer product.

We are proud to belong to the following respected legal associations: National Association of Distinguished Counsel and the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

Client reviews are helpful in making the critical choice of legal representation.  You can read many reviews of our firm on Avvo, Google, and Yelp.  Some of our case results are listed on our Verdicts and Settlements page.

Editor's Note: This page has been updated for accuracy and relevancy. [cha 8.12.22]

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