In modern society, there are hundreds of products that are vital to our daily lives. We need our refrigerators to keep our food fresh; we need our cars to get to and from work; we need our phones to contact clients and schedule important meetings. A defect in any of these products can cause serious inconveniences in our lives, and in some extreme cases, they could even cause death.
Usually companies are very good about recalling defective products. The bad PR and civil lawsuits are almost never worth keeping a product on the market that is known to be dangerous, but the problem is that not all defective products can be easily identified. Some products are designed with a defect, so it is easy to tell that the product needs to be recalled. However, some products are manufactured defectively, which means that an otherwise safe product can cause serious injury.
If you are the unfortunate individual who happens to purchase the product that was manufactured defectively, you may never know that you are using a dangerous product. In this instance, it is likely only a matter of time before you are injured by the dangerous product, and it is in your best interests to act quickly. Like all injury lawsuits, there is a statute of limitations on product liability cases, and it varies by state. In New York, you only have three years from the date of injury to bring action against the designer or manufacturer of the dangerous product.
Now if you did not realize immediately that you were injured by a defective product, there is no need to panic. The clock doesn’t usually start ticking until you realize that you have been injured. In order to have the best chance at recovering the compensation you need for your injury, it is recommended that you speak with an attorney as soon as you realize that you are injured.