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Statute of Limitations

A statute of limitations is a statute, or law, that restricts the period of time, after certain events, that a person may initiate legal proceedings.  These time limits vary depending on the type of case and the state where the particular cause of action occurred.  For example, a person filing a personal injury suit in Maryland, such as an injury sustained in an automobile accident, has three years after the date of the injury to sue.  This is referred to as a three-year statute of limitations.  A lawsuit filed after the deadline set by the statute of limitations will be dismissed by the court unless circumstances allow for the tolling, or extension, of the deadline. 

Statutes of limitations were established for a number of reasons.  Statutes of limitations promote the interest of fairness in that they prevent people from filing aged civil actions that may be based on faded memories and lost evidence.  These statutes also allow individuals to move on with their lives without fear of possible legal action several years later. 

For a comparative chart of the statute of limitations for personal injury for each state, click here to visit the Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury Actions page. If you are interested in details of all the statutes of limitations for a specific state, click on the state of your choice below.

Alabama Statutes
Alaska Statutes
Arizona Statutes
Arkansas Statutes
California Statutes
Colorado Statutes
Connecticut Statutes
Delaware Statutes
Florida Statutes
Georgia Statutes
Hawaii Statutes
Idaho Statutes
Illinois Statutes
Indiana Statutes
Iowa Statutes
Kansas Statutes
Kentucky Statutes

Louisiana Statutes
Maine Statutes

Maryland Statutes
Massachusetts Statutes
Michigan Statutes
Minnesota Statutes
Mississippi Statutes
Missouri Statutes
Montana Statutes
Nebraska Statutes
Nevada Statutes
New Hampshire Statutes
New Jersey Statutes
New Mexico Statutes
New York Statutes
North Carolina Statutes
North Dakota Statutes

Ohio Statutes
Oklahoma Statutes

Oregon Statutes

Pennsylvania Statutes
Rhode Island Statutes
South Carolina Statutes
South Dakota Statutes
Tennessee Statutes
Texas Statutes
Utah Statutes
Vermont Statutes
Virginia Statutes
Washington Statutes
Washington, D.C. Statutes
West Virginia Statutes
Wisconsin Statutes
Wyoming Statutes

 
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