If you were hurt by a defective product, then you have the right to pursue a legal recovery from the manufacturer that designed, made, or marketed the product that hurt you. However, your time to file a product liability claim is limited by Georgia law.
Generally, you have two years to file a personal injury claim if you were hurt by a defective product in Georgia. However, there are laws that both limit and extend this general rule.
- The two-year statute of limitations begins when you found out you were hurt and learned the injuries were caused by the defective product. This is known as the discovery rule. In a Georgia defective product personal injury case, you have two years from the time that you discovered, or should have known, you were injured and that the injury was caused by the defective product.
- Your lawsuit must be filed within ten years of when the product was first sold. This statute of repose applies to some personal injury cases, but doesn't apply if you were hurt because of a company's failure to warn about known or potential dangers before selling the product.
If you wait too long to file a lawsuit, and the statute of limitations or statute of repose expired, then you should expect the company you're suing to raise this as a defense in court. The court will grant the company’s motion to dismiss, and you won't recover financial damages.
Protect Your Product Liability Recovery
The statute of limitations and the statute of repose laws are complex in Georgia product liability cases. Do not wait too long to contact a defective product injury lawyer for help. Instead, contact the experienced attorneys at Van Sant Law today for a complimentary case consultation. We're happy to review the facts of your case and provide insight into your legal options.