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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

How a Product Liability Lawsuit Is Started

If you have suffered an injury that you believe is due to the defective design, manufacture, or labeling of a consumer product, you may be considering a product liability lawsuit. Don't start this on your own--product liability lawsuits are complicated and require the assistance of a lawyer.

To start your product liability lawsuit, first assemble some basic documentation about the product. You should have the manual, but if you don't, try to get as much identifying information from the product's labeling. Next, contact a lawyer who handles product liability lawsuits. The lawyer will likely ask you for relevant information about your injuries and the product itself. They will let you know whether you are barred from pursuing compensation due to:

• Statute of Limitations: You are only allowed a limited amount of time to seek compensation for your injuries. In most states, this is two years from the date of injury.
• Statute of Repose: Some 19 states have laws that prevent product liability lawsuits if the product has been on the market for a certain number of years.
• Pre-emption: Certain products that are covered by Federal regulations may be protected from product liability lawsuits because Federal agencies have taken on the responsibility of ensuring the products are safe for use. This is a common obstacle to recovery for defective medical devices.

If your lawsuit is not prohibited by these restrictions, you may be able to pursue a product liability lawsuit.

Please contact The Cochran Firm today for a free initial consultation on your rights after a product injury.

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