Statute of Limitations for Product Liability
In California, the statute of limitations in products liability cases is one year. Cal Code Civ Proc § 340. The time starts running when the plaintiff knows of the injury and is suspicion of wrongdoing. The existence of such knowledge is a factual determination for the jury to decide. A jury makes this determination using the following factors (1) knowledge of the injury, and (2) knowledge of facts creating, or which in a reasonable person would create, a suspicion of negligence on the part of someone. Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v Superior Court (1995, 4th Dist) 32 Cal App 4th 959, 38 Cal Rptr 2d 298. If you do not file a lawsuit within this time, you cannot sue.
In product liability cases it is essential that measures be taken promptly to preserve evidence, document the chain of custody of the product in question, and to enable engineers or other expert witnesses to thoroughly evaluate the product and your injuries. If you or a loved one has been injured by a product of any kind, call Law Offices of Robert Dourian now at 800-790-8856 or CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT A SIMPLE CASE FORM. Don't delay! You may have a valid claim and be entitled to compensation for your injuries, but a lawsuit must be filed before the statute of limitations expires.