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How long do you have to file a defective product claim in Ohio?

On Behalf of | Mar 4, 2016 | Products Liability |

All states, including Ohio, have what are called “statutes of limitations.” These statutes place limits of time on how long individuals, or groups, in the case of class-action suits, have to file liability claims. In Ohio, a statute of limitations is in place that limits the amount of time you have to file a claim involving a defective product.

Under the state of Ohio’s statute of limitations, a plaintiff has two years from the date on which the injury occurred to file a claim. Unlike some states, Ohio does not have what is called a statute of repose, which means that a company can only be held liable for a defective product within so many years of the product’s date of manufacture or sale. This lack of a statute of repose is a good thing for Ohio residents who suffer injuries caused by defective products they have owned for a long time.

If you sustained an injury due to a defective product, it might be beneficial to seek the assistance of a personal injury attorney as soon as possible after your injury. Not only will doing so ensure your claim is filed well within the two years allowed under Ohio law, but it will also give your attorney plenty of time.

Because injuries from defective products can range from minor to severe and affect both the young and the old, some product liability suits are filed in Ohio each year. When a defective product suit is presented successfully to an Ohio civil court, compensation can be awarded. For the plaintiff who is awarded compensation, the value is often not only financial but also emotional, as it is a signal that justice has prevailed.