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Product Liability

Getting Results for Over 30 Years

If you or someone you love has been injured by a defective or malfunctioning product, you can pursue full and fair compensation by filing a product liability claim.

In our more than 85 collective years of practice, we have represented many injured victims and families in the San Jose area. During that time, we have helped clients achieve substantial results, including million-dollar settlements and verdicts.

How Our Firm Can Help You

As a reflection of our quality advocacy, we have been included in many prestigious professional associations, including the Million Dollar Advocates Forum® and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum®. We have also had a partner named the California Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Consumer Attorneys of California, a group exclusive to product liability lawyers.

Our results speak for themselves. When you work with Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP, you will have the confidence of knowing your legal matters will be dealt with by a loyal and hardworking product liability attorney.


Given most every product sold in America is covered by product liability laws, these statutes aren’t specific to defects or even injuries. They address who can be held liable and how after a product-centered injury.

There are four categories of product liability cases:

  • Defective design
  • Manufacturer defect
  • Marketing defect (failure to warn of possible hazards)
  • Strict liability

Defective products may cause a variety of physical injuries, such as burns, scars, disfigurement, bone fractures, head and brain injuries, and blindness. Most people simply cannot afford to pay for treatment out-of-pocket. Our attorneys can work to determine which category your claim falls into and who can be held liable for your injury.


Consumers trust the products, goods, and services that they purchase. Rarely do they ever expect that a new or lightly used product will fail or cause them injury. Unfortunately, some product manufacturers choose to value profit over the safety and well-being of the consumers.

When this type of negligence occurs, our San Jose product liability law firm takes legal action to right the wrongs that have been done to our clients. We can hold the manufacturer or designer accountable for the resulting damages and injustices you have suffered at the expense of their pursuit of higher profits.

Common product liability claims include:

  • Medical products that led to additional or enhanced physical problems
  • Children’s products that caused injuries, metal poisoning, or death
  • Automobile equipment failure that resulted in serious truck, car, or motorcycle accidents
  • Machinery or appliances that caused fires, electrocution, or other injuries
  • Food products that caused food poisoning
  • Cosmetic products that caused injuries or rejection of implants


In the state of California, product liability claims have a statute of limitations, or time frame, imposed on them. As a result, you only have two years to file a claim. You must act quickly to exercise your right to compensation. You may be able to recover monetary compensation for your injuries, as well as pain and suffering, loss of wages, and other accident-related expenses.

Our attorneys at Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP are experienced in products liability and will aggressively fight for your rights. Because we try to keep your matters as private as possible, we work to keep you out of court. We prepare every aspect of your case for trial, however, in case litigation becomes necessary. We won’t stop advocating for you until you receive full compensation and the negligent manufacturer is held accountable.