Recalls may be mandated by the FDA or initiated voluntarily by a company. Recalls may be issued if new data show that the product causes dangerous side effects, a safer alternative has been discovered, or consumers use the product improperly and that unauthorized use causes serious injury or death. There are several different types of recalls:
During recalls, consumers may be entitled to replacement of the product or credit for the product. In the case of a defective surgical implant, consumers may also receive payment for medical costs associated with any necessary corrective surgeries. Consumers may be asked to contact the manufacturer directly in order to receive such compensation. During contact with the company, the company or its representatives may request extensive information from the user and/or request the user to sign a waiver or release of liability. In such cases, the user may choose to consult an attorney first. If serious injuries were sustained, the consumer may wish to seek damages in court.
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Statutes of Limitations limit the time period that plaintiffs have to file a legal claim. These time limits vary from state to state, but generally range from 2-6 years. In product liability cases, the statute of limitations usually begins when the injury occurs, but in some cases may not start until the affected person discovers, or should have discovered, that the product caused their injury.