In the U.S., product liability law is different from ordinary injury law.
They are the set of legal rules that determines the responsibility for defective or dangerous products. Every year, dangerous or defective products are the cause of thousands of injuries. Product liability law sometimes makes it easier to recover damages when a person is injured.
You only have a certain amount of time that you and your personal injury attorney can file a lawsuit if you want to sue and recover from your injuries after being hurt by a product. The statute of limitations varies from state to state.
You should at least make sure you know when the deadline to file is and file your case as soon as possible. No matter how good a case you build against a company, the judge will throw your case out if you don’t file your case before the time expires.
When Does The Time Limit Start?
It is fairly straightforward in some cases when trying to determine when the time limit starts. For example, suppose you are using an electric carving knife and slice off your finger because the electric knife is defective, and you live in a state where the time limit is two years. In that case, you and your personal injury attorney must present your case within two years from the day of your injury.
However, some injuries are harder to see, and you may not discover the injury until months or years after the incident happened. For example, you may not discover an injury until after you have developed a lung infection many months after inhaling fumes from a defective chemical product. In these cases, the issue of determining when the statute of limitations began will be incredibly important to figure out whether or not if you can still file a claim.
Getting Help from a Personal Injury Attorney
It can be pretty tricky to determine when you have to file a defective product case, depending on your case, or if you may have missed the deadline.
If you need help, you need to talk to a personal injury attorney specializing in product liability cases. At Robert J. DeBry & Associates, we can help you with your case.