What is the statute of limitations?

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What is the statute of limitations?

My son had a traumatic
accident. A gunshot would to
the lower face. The
rebuilding of his jaw with
titanium was performed. The
pain was horrible, he was in
ICU. The next day, the
titanium BROKE. Yes, that’s
right, the plastic surgeon
had to come and tell me,
after removing the defective
material, that, yes, indeed,
the material had broken and
even told us the purchasing
department had ordered low
cost material from China.
The pain was horrific. After
removal, he contracted
bacterial pneumonia that put
him back on the ventilator
once again. More to the
story, but I feel my son was
cheated out of sooooo much.
Please advise.

Asked on September 6, 2019 under Malpractice Law, South Carolina


S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

The statute of limitations for filing a lawsuit in a personal injury case in South Carolina is three years. This means the lawsuit must be filed prior to the third anniversary of the defective titanium being used to rebuild your son's jaw.
If the case is settled, no lawsuit is filed.
If the case is not settled, the lawsuit must be filed prior to the expiration of the applicable statute of limitations or your son will lose his rights in the matter forever.

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