Answer: It depends on the law of the state where you live or where the accident happened. The legal term is called a “statute of limitations.” It sets out the time frame you have to file a suit. After the time limit of the statute has passed, you can no longer bring a claim.
Most states do not allow you to file a lawsuit based on death or injury if more than two years has passed since the date of the event. However, that is not the case in all states. Some have a shorter time limit (e.g., one year) and some have a longer time limit. Some states even have different time limits for injury versus death (e.g., injury claims prohibited after three years but death claims prohibited after two years).
The bottom line is that if you believe that you have a claim based on an injury or death arising from a defective gun, you need to consult a lawyer as soon as possible. If you think we can be of help, please call Angelley LLP at (214) 826-5400. We will be happy to speak with you.