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How Much Time Do I Have to File a Product Liability Claim?


If you have been injured after using a defective product, you may have a valid case to demonstrate that you deserve to receive financial compensation. Keep in mind that in Massachusetts, there is a time limit with regards to how long you have to file this claim, which is three years. This is called the statute of limitations.

While you can initiate a lawsuit at any time during this three-year period, we at Flanagan & Associates recommend that you get the process started as soon as possible. For one thing, a judge may question the validity of your claim and the extent of your injuries the longer you wait.

When Does the Time Limit Begin?

The statute of limitations begins from the day that the actual injury occurred. For example, if you suffered a fracture from a defective automobile part, you would have three years to file, beginning on the day that the fracture happened.

Some injuries, however, do not surface right away. Brain injuries are one example. The air bags failed to engage and you sustained a blow to the head in a car collision. There have been some cases where a person has suffered a brain injury without realizing how much harm has been done. In fact, even seemingly mild injuries, such as concussions, can have devastating effects.

Manufacturers Always Try to Avoid Liability

Large corporations are known for employing aggressive defense teams to deny their responsibility or limit liability. Not to mention, there may be several companies involved in the chain of distribution—from the design and creation, to the manufacturing, and to the marketing and sales of the product. These types of cases can often be tricky to litigate, but our Quincy injury lawyers who are not afraid to take on larger and more complex cases.

If you believe you have a claim, do not hesitate to contact us! Flanagan & Associates is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to receive your call.