As with most civil legal claims, there is a limited period during which someone injured by a defective product can file a lawsuit to pursue damages. This period or time limit is commonly referred to as the statute of limitations. If the statute of limitations lapses, then it’s highly unlikely that an injured party will be allowed to proceed with their lawsuit.
You Have 5 Years to File Your Claim
In Missouri, the statute of limitations for a product liability claim is five years from the date the injury occurred. Fortunately for those living in Missouri, this period is more than twice as long as most states, which often recognize claims only up until two years.
Don’t Wait Too Long to Get Legal Assistance
Despite the amount of time you have to file a product liability claim, you may hurt your chances of a successful recovery by waiting too long. The longer you wait, the less clear your memory may be about how you were injured by a product or what you were doing when the injury occurred.
It’s also possible for evidence and records such as photographs, witness testimony, hospital bills, and more to get lost over time. Without these, your chance of recovering the compensation you deserve can be significantly diminished.
For these reasons, you should contact a personal injury attorney who has experience with product liability claims as soon as possible. When you reach out to Bertram & Graf, L.L.C. for help, we’ll gladly schedule a consultation during which you can explain your situation and learn more about how we may be able to help.