I bought a cheap chainsaw six years ago and was injured when the chain snapped and wrapped around my hand. I thought I couldn’t claim because I bought the item over three years ago and I have heard about a three year rule.

In this case there is good news. So long as the product was “last on the market” within 10 years you’re ok if you issue court proceedings within 3 years from the date of injury. That 10 year period can go up to 30 years for some cases.

This was obviously a serious case that will have long term implications and you should instruct expert injury solicitors as soon as possible as they will have a lot of work to do to be able to issue proceedings within those 3 years. A big problem will be identifying who to sue because in this case, the saw was not a brand name and may have been imported through companies that may no longer exist. Pinning down a relevant insurer will also be problematic.

So for defective products that cause an injury make sure proceedings are issued within 3 years from the date of injury and within 10 years of the last date the product was on the market.