In South Carolina, you generally have three years to take legal action in relation to an injury. This is a very strict time limit. You must take the statute of limitations seriously. However, there is an important caveat to add when considering defective medical products claims: you have three years from the date that the injury should have been discovered. The three year clock does not begin ticking until you actually found, or should have reasonably found, your injuries. This is a major issue in defective medical devices cases because sometimes damage can take a considerable amount of time to appear. For example, imagine that a South Carolina patient had a transvaginal mesh implanted in 2007. She may not start experiencing complications until 2015. In this type of scenario, the statute of limitations clock starts from the date that the patient starts experiencing problems (2015), not from the date of the initial procedure.