When you buy a product, you expect it to work properly and safely. But sometimes, defects or other issues can make products unsafe and result in an injury.
If this happens to you or a loved one, you have the ability to hold the manufacturer liable for the injuries and damages you suffer. However, you need to keep in mind that the law sets a time limit on when you can make a claim.
Statute of limitations explained
The statute of limitations is the legal time limit during which you can file a lawsuit. Almost every type of case in the civil and criminal systems has a statute of limitations. It tells you the number of years you have before you can no longer bring a claim, and you must abide by it. If you try to file a case after the statute of limitations expires, the court will likely throw it out.
Minnesota limit on personal injury claims
Product liability cases fall under the umbrella of personal injury. Minnesota law says you have four years to file a claim from the date of the injury or damage.
Keep in mind
While four years may seem like a long time, it can go by quickly. You may hesitate in the beginning to file your case because you are dealing with injuries. That could allow a year or two to go by without any action. Then, you have two years to find representation and get your case together. It can be quite limiting if you feel in a time crunch. So, be aware of the time limit and try to file as quickly as possible.