The Statute of Limitations on Product Liability Suits in California
Product liability can have a wide range of applications, from defective products that cause injury or death to cases of negligence on the part of a manufacturer. Often, state laws have a great deal of bearing on how a product liability suit is handled. This is true in California, so as a San Diego-based law firm, we wanted to alert our clients to important local laws dealing with the statute of limitations in product liability cases.
How Long Do You Have to File a Liability Suit?
In California, the statute of limitations is two years. For example, let’s say a person gets listeria from a package of hummus (since this topic has been in the news lately). Two years from now, a suit is no longer possible. The fact is that two years is a fair amount of time to discover the full extent of the injuries from a defective product, and this is a common time frame among states.
In California, the addendum is that action can be brought about within two years of when the injury should have been discovered. That means if a product produces an injury that may legitimately not have been noted for a year, a person would have two years from that time to bring about a suit. This means that you should not discount your case simply because two years have elapsed since you purchased the product that caused the injury. Extenuating circumstance may allow you to have a case despite the extended timeframe.
Your Product Liability Attorneys in San Diego
Petrov Law Firm is proud to be home to the product liability attorneys San Diego residents choose for representation. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury due to a defective product or manufacturer negligence, contact us today at 619-344-0360.