Every type of legal action in the United States has a time limit on how long you have to proceed before your rights expire. This is called a Statute of Limitations, and it is different for many states and many types of lawsuits.
Likewise, the time limit for a Paxil lawsuit can differ on a case-by-case basis. Therefore, it is important to speak with a lawyer about your options and decide whether to take action as soon as possible to protect your child’s rights.
Most often, a parent does not discover that a drug they took during pregnancy could be responsible for their child’s birth defect until years later. As long as they act quickly, a qualified lawyer should still be able to protect their rights to recover.
The time limits on lawsuits are meant to keep those who may be sued from having to face liability in a lawsuit forever. These laws are also intended to make sure a lawsuit is filed while records are still available, memories are fresh and evidence is trustworthy.
Sometimes, however, these laws are abused by companies who want to escape liability from genuine claims. The time limit for a Paxil lawsuit or other defective drug claim, for instance, could in some cases expire before a person even finds out that the drug caused their injury.
In most cases involving the injury of an adult, the time period to file a case will run out between two and six years after the injury occurs. In some cases, the time doesn’t start until the victim knows how the injury was caused.
In lawsuits involving birth defects caused by an antidepressant drug like Paxil, the Statute of Limitation can be much different since the person injured is a minor child. Many times, the time limit for a Paxil lawsuit may not even start until they reach the age of 18.
If you file your claim after the Statute of Limitation has expired, the party you sued can force you to dismiss it. However, if you file a lawsuit prior to the time your rights expire, it has no effect on your case.
Because of the confusion and non-uniformity of these laws, it is important to speak with a lawyer as soon as you find out your child’s birth defect may have been caused by a drug to learn what the time limit for a Paxil lawsuit is in your specific case.
Lawyers with the Paxil Litigation Group have handled thousands of drug injury lawsuits and can let you know how long you have to take action. These lawyers are available to discuss your case today.
Even if your rights for a lawsuit have not expired, it is important to contact a lawyer as soon as possible. If you wait until just before it expires, they may not have proper time to research your case and prepare it for filing, and therefore won’t be able to help you.
Contact us today for a confidential evaluation of your case. We are available 24 hours a day to answer questions and get you help.