What is the statute of limitations for product liability?

On Behalf of | Jun 23, 2021 | Product Liability |

In almost every legal situation, the state sets a time limit on how long you have to take that issue to court. This is known as the statute of limitations.

FindLaw explains in a product liability case, the general statute of limitations is two years, but there are some conditions and things that could change that time limit.

Your claim

If your case stems from personal injury, then you have two years from the time of the injury to make your claim in court. However, if your damage request is for property damage, then you have four years to bring your case to court.

Keep in mind the clock does not begin to run until you discover the injury. If the product caused long-term damage that took a while to appear, then the statute of limitations does not start until you get a diagnosis for the damage.

Statute of repose

Georgia law includes the statute of repose. This is important to understand because it can bar you from making a claim at all regardless of when you suffer the injury or damage and make your claim. Under this law, you cannot bring a product liability case to court if the product has been for sale to the public for more than 10 years. It applies in all situations except failure to warm claims.

You must pay attention to the time limits imposed by the law when it comes to a product liability case. If you bring your case to court and the statute of limitations has run out or the statute of repose applies, then the judge will throw out your case.