Statute of Limitations for Filing


Q: What is a Statute of Limitations?

A Statute of Limitations is a law that limits the amount of time you have to file a legal claim. 

If you were injured as a result of someone else’s negligence you must file a personal injury claim within your state’s statute of limitations to protect your rights. If you miss the deadline to file, the negligent party can argue the statute of limitations as a defense to liability. 

If you suffer personal injury from an accident, you must file your lawsuit before the Statute of Limitations applicable deadline passes otherwise your claim will be forever barred. 

It is of the utmost importance that if you have suffered a personal injury and believe someone else is responsible for causing that injury, you immediately consult with an attorney for a free case consultation by calling 866.757.6949.

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Each State Has Their Own Statute of Limitations

The specific time limitation will depend on the type of injury and the circumstances. As a general rule, a personal injury lawsuit must be filed within one year of the date the injury occurred. In some states, new laws have extended the deadline for filing to two years. However, under some circumstances, you must take action in less than a year.

For example, if you believe a governmental entity is responsible for causing your injury, you must file a claim within six months. Similarly, there are other and shortened time limitations if you need to sue a doctor for medical malpractice.

If you wait until near the end of the period to file a claim or lawsuit, your attorney may not have enough time left before the deadline to help you. If you have suffered a personal injury, it is essential that you immediately consult with a Lawyer. 

50 States – Statute of Limitations

Alabama - 2 Years

Alabama Statutes Section 6-2-38(l)

Alaska - 2 Years

Alaska Statutes Section 09.10.070

Arizona - 2 Years

Arizona Statutes Section 12-542

Arkansas - 3 Years

Arkansas Statutes Section 16-56-105

California - 2 Years

California Statutes Section 335.1

Colorado - 3 Years

Colorado Statutes Sections 13-80-101 (1) (n) (1) and 13-80-102

Connecticut - 2 Years

Connecticut Statutes Annotated Section 52-584

Delaware - 2 Years

Delaware Statutes Code Section 8119

Florida - 4 Years

Florida Statutes Section 95.11(3)(a)

Georgia - 2 Years

Georgia Statutes Annotated Section 9-3-33

Hawaii - 2 Years

Hawaii Statutes Section 657-7

Idaho - 2 Years

Idaho Statutes Code Section 5-219 (4)

Illinois - 2 Years

Illinois Section 13-202 (735 ILCS 5/13-202)

Indiana - 2 Years

Indiana Statutes Section 34-11-2-4

Iowa - 2 Years

Iowa Statutes Code Section 614.1(2)

Kansas - 2 Years

Kansas Statutes Annotated Section 60-513

Kentucky - 2 Years

Kentucky Statutes Section 413.140(1) and Section   304.39-230(6)

Louisiana - 1 Year

Louisiana Statutes Annotated Civil Code Article 3492

Maine - 6 Years

Maine Statutes Annotated Title 14, Section 753

Maryland - 3 Years

Maryland Statutes Article Section 5-101

Massachusetts - 3 Years

Massachusetts Statutes Chapter 260, Section 2A

Michigan - 3 Years

Michigan Statutes Section 600.5805 and Section   500.3145

Minnesota - 6 Years

Minnesota Statutes Annotated Section 541.05(1)(5)

Mississippi - 2 Years

Mississippi Statutes Annotated Section 15-1-49

Missouri - 5 Years

Missouri Statutes Section 516.120 (4)

Montana - 3 Years

Montana Statutes Section 27-2-204

Nebraska - 4 Years

Nebraska Statutes Section 25-207

Nevada - 2 Years

Nevada Statutes Section 11.190 (4) (e)

New Hampshire - 2 Years

New Hampshire Statutes Annotated Section 508:4 (I)

New Jersey - 2 Years

New Jersey Statutes Annotated Section 2A:14-2

New Mexico - 3 Years

New Mexico Statutes Annotated Section 37-1-8

New York - 3 Years

New York Statutes Law & Rules Section 214

North Carolina - 3 Years

North Carolina Statutes Annotated Section 1-52

North Dakota -6 Years

North Dakota Statutes Code Section 28-01-16

Ohio - 2 Years

Ohio Statutes Code Section 2305.10 (A)

Oklahoma - 2 Years

Oklahoma Statutes Annotated Title 12, Section 95

Oregon - 2 Years

Oregon Statutes Section 12.110 (1)

Pennsylvania - 2 Years

Pennsylvania Statutes Code Section 5524 (7)

Rhode Island - 2 Years

Rhode Island Statutes Laws Section 9-1-14 (b)

South Carolina - 2 Years

South Carolina Statutes Laws Section 15-3-530

South Dakota -3 Years

South Dakota Statutes Section 15-2-14

Tennessee - 2 Years

Tennessee Statutes Section 28-3-104 (a) (1) (A)

Texas - 2 Years

Texas Statutes Code Section 16.003

Utah - 4 Years

Utah Code Section 78B-2-307

Vermont - 2 Years

Vermont Statutes Title 12, Section 512 (4)

Virginia - 2 Years

Virginia Statutes Section 8.01-243 (A)

Washington - 3 Years

Washington Statutes Section 4.16.080 (2)

West Virginia - 2 Years

West Virginia Statutes Section 55-2-12

Wisconsin - 2 Years

Wisconsin Statutes Section 893.54 (1m) (a)

Wyoming - 2 Years

Wyoming Statutes Section 1-3-105 (a)

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