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California’s statute of limitations for product liability claims

Manufacturers have a duty to produce safe, functional products for you as a consumer, but situations do arise in which you may suffer injury because of product defects. If you are a California resident and someone who suffers a serious injury because of a defective product, you may want to hold the product’s manufacturer or retailer accountable for your injuries and associated hardships. 

Defective tires, toys and automobiles are just a few examples of products that have historically injured people. You may be wondering if there are limitations regarding how long you have to seek legal recourse.

A two-year limit

As someone suffering injury or acting on behalf of someone killed because of a faulty product in California, you have two years to file a product liability claim. Just when does that two-year countdown start? State laws dictate that your window to act closes two years from the time you became aware of your injury, or when “in the exercise of reasonable care,” you should have become aware of it. There is, however, an exception known as the continuous accrual rule.

Proving your claim

To be successful in your product liability lawsuit, you can expect to have to demonstrate that the product sold or manufactured by the defendant harmed you because of specific criteria. If the product that caused you hardship featured a defective design or some type of manufacturing defect, you may be able to hold the manufacturer accountable. You may also be able to do so if the product was sold without adequate warnings about potential risks, or if it did not include adequate safety instructions to ensure proper use.

Whether you suffered an injury or had a loved one die because of a defective product, act promptly, and be sure to move forward with your filing before your two-year window of opportunity closes.

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