Products Liability


Providing experienced legal representation in the Santa Barbara area since 1988

When product sales and profits are placed above consumer safety, or negligence, use of poor materials or poor construction create a dangerous product, McCarthy & Kroes has the extensive experience in product liability law and litigation skills to help you recover compensation for your injuries. Our personal injury lawyers represent clients in Santa Maria, Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo in all types of products liability cases, from defective automobiles to defective construction equipment.

Consumer product defects

Under the law of products liability in California, manufacturers and others in the chain of manufacture have a duty to ensure that their products are reasonably safe for consumer use. Products must be free of design and manufacturing defects, as well as contain adequate warnings, labels and instructions. If products differ from the manufacturer’s design or specifications or from other typical units of the same product line, manufacturers may be held liable for any resulting harm. Manufacturers may also be held responsible for their failure to warn of potential risks, side effects or allergic reactions caused by a product when it is used or misused in an intended or reasonably foreseeable manner. Failure to warn is a common problem in prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medications, which may then lead to incorrect dosages, missing ingredients, allergic reactions or incorrect use or prescription.

With 25 years of experience, our seasoned defective products lawyers provide highly professional and analytical representation for victims who are injured because of all types of consumer product defects:

  • Vehicle defects and defective automotive parts
  • Defective drugs
  • Defective household appliances
  • Defective toys and children’s products
  • Defective electronic devices
  • Defective sports equipment
  • Power tool defects

Accidents caused by defective vehicles or parts can be especially severe and require in-depth investigation and accident reconstruction. To learn more about how our product defects attorneys can assist you in these cases, please see vehicle defects.

Commercial product defects and work injuries

When commercial products such as machines, heavy equipment and power tools used in construction sites, industrial plants and other workplaces, are defective and cause accidents and injuries, their manufacturers may be held liable. However, if injuries result from misuse of equipment or lack of training, injured employees are limited to workers’ compensation benefits. If you sustained a work injury because of commercial product defects, or because of a combination of negligence and defects, our personal injury attorneys can help you understand your options and guide you through your claim.

Contact knowledgeable attorneys to hold manufacturers liable for your injuries

As one of the preeminent law firms on the California  Central Coast, McCarthy & Kroes is relied on by the injured to get the compensation they need from irresponsible manufacturers. If you were injured by a defective product, contact us online or call 805.564.2085 today for a free initial consultation to learn how we can help.