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A brief look at product liability law and time limits in Texas

Pretty much any item found in the home has the potential to cause consumer injury or, in some tragic circumstances, consumer death. Everything from the step ladder a person might use to stand on while changing a light bulb to the light bulb itself, a defective product can prove to be a dangerous item.

Consumers are protected to some extent by laws requiring manufacturers of dangerous children’s toys and any other dangerous product to notify consumers and, when appropriate, issue a product recall. Sometimes, however, a negligent manufacturer might issue insufficient warning about a defective auto part or other defective product that result in a consumer injury.

Under such circumstances, a consumer might have a right to file a lawsuit against a negligent manufacturer to recover compensation for an injury attributable to a dangerous product. A consumer must be diligent in pursuing the claim, because of the statute of limitations in Texas.

The statute of limitations places a time limit on how long a person has within which to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer or seller of a defective product. Failure to file the claim within the time specified by the statute of limitations may result in loss of the right to sue for damages.

A consumer living in Bexar, Texas, has only two years from the date of being injured by a dangerous product to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer, seller or other party who might be liable for causing the injury. There might be situations in which the time to commence a lawsuit could be calculated differently, so it is crucial that someone suffering a consumer injury contact a personal injury attorney for legal advice and guidance as soon after the injury is discovered as possible.

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