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Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury Actions

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The following table and paragraphs provide summaries of limitations periods for each state, however the summaries will focus primarily on personal injury, medical malpractice, and some products liability claims.  Any special rules that may toll a statute of limitations are also summarized. 

This summary of state statutes of limitations is strictly intended as a quick reference guide only.  If you have a question regarding a specific statute, please refer to that state’s statute or consult with a qualified attorney licensed to practice law in that state.  This summary includes information based on only a portion of a state’s statute.  Not all limitations periods are addressed.  Please refer to specific statutes for a complete representation of the limitations periods of a particular state, including exceptions and variations.  This information is believed to be accurate as of the date of posting; however, it may not reflect recent changes in the law.  The information included within the summary is subject to change at any time without notice.  This summary is not intended to be construed as offering legal advice or a legal opinion. 

Arizona

2 years

Title 12, Chapter 5

Arkansas

3 years – libel, wrongful death;  2 years – medical malpractice; 1 year – slander

Title 16, Subtitle 5, Chapter 56

California

2 years – intentional torts; 1 year – libel, slander

Code of Civil Procedure Sections 335.1, 340

Colorado

2 years

Title 13, Articles 80, 81 and 82

Connecticut

2 years

Chapter 926

Delaware

2 years

Title 10, Chapter 81

District of Columbia

3 years

Title 12, Chapter 3

Florida

4 years

Title 8, Chapter 95

Georgia

2 years

Title 9, Chapter 3

Hawaii

2 years

Volume 13, Chapter 657

Idaho

2 years

Title 5, Chapter 2

Illinois

2 years

735 ILCS 5/13-202

Indiana

2 years

Title 34, Article 11, Chapter 2, Section 34-11-2-4

Iowa

2 years

Chapter 614

Kansas

2 years

Chapter 60, Article 5

Kentucky

1 year

Title 36, Chapter 413

Louisiana

1 year

Civil Code Art. 3492

Maine

6 years

Title 14, Part 2, Chapter 205

Maryland

3 years

Article – Courts and Judicial Proceedings, Section 5-101

Massachusetts

3 years

Title 5, Chapter 260

Michigan

3 years

Chapter 600, Act 236, Chapter 58, Section 600.5805

Minnesota

2 years

Chapter 541, Section 541

Mississippi

3 years

Title 15, Chapter 1

Missouri

5 years

Title 35, Chapter 516

Montana

3 years

Title 27, Chapter 2

Nebraska

4 years

Title 25, Section 207

Nevada

2 years

Chapter 11

New Hampshire

3 years

Title LII

New Jersey

2 years

Title 2A, Chapter 14, Section 2A:14-2

New Mexico

3 years

Chapter 37, Article 1

New York

3 years

Civil Practice Laws and Rules, Article 2, Section 214

North Carolina

3 years

Chapter 1, Article 3 and Article 5

North Dakota

6 years; 2 years – wrongful death

Title 28, Chapter 1

Ohio

2 years

Title 23, Chapter 5, Section 2305.10

Oklahoma

2 years

Title 12, Chapter 3, Section 95

Oregon

10 years – personal injury; 2 years – medical malpractice

Chapter 12, Section 115

Pennsylvania

2 years

42 Pa. C.S.A. § 5524; Title 42, Part VI, Chapter 55

Rhode Island

3 years

Title 9, Chapter 1, Section 9-1-14

South Carolina

3 years

Title 15, Chapter 3, Section 15-3-530

South Dakota

3 years

Title 15, Chapter 2, Section 15-2-14

Tennessee

1 year

Title 28, Chapter 3, Section 28-3-104

Texas

2 years

Civil Prac. & Rem. Code, Title 2, Chapter 16, Section 16.003

Utah

4 years

Title 78, Chapter 12, Section 78-12-25

Vermont

3 years

Title 12, Chapter 23, Section 512

Virginia

2 years

Title 8.01, Chapter 4, Section 8.01-243

Washington

3 years

Title 4, Chapter 16, Section 4.16.080

West Virginia

2 years

Chapter 55, Section 55-2-12

Wisconsin

3 years

Chapter 893, Section 893.54

Wyoming

4 years

Title 1, Chapter 3, Section 1-3-105

 

 
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