Preliminary Note: Statutes of limitations restrict the time period that a person can file a lawsuit. These statutes not only vary by state, but they also vary by cause of action. The following guide provides limitations periods for each state, but only for particular causes of action; specifically, those related to personal injury, medical malpractice, and products liability claims. The sections discussing special rules for minors only apply to the causes of action listed for that particular state.
A wrongful death action must be filed within two years of the date of death. In no event can a suit be filed more than five years from the date of the act or omission complained of by the plaintiff.
A personal injury action must be filed within two years from the date the injury is first sustained or discovered. In no event can a suit be filed more than three years from the date that the negligent act or omission occurred.
An injured person must file suit against a health care provider within two years of the date the injury is first sustained or discovered. In no event can suit be filed more than three years from the date that the negligent act or omission occurred.
These actions must be brought within three years of the date that the injury occurred or within three years of the date when the injury was, or should have been, discovered. However, certain products actions may not be brought against a party more than 10 years from when that party last parted with possession or control of the product; this period may be extended by express and written warranties for longer periods of time.
Connecticut has no statute that extends the limitations period in favor of minors.
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Note: Our attorneys are licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Maryland, and Virginia. This information is not intended to solicit clients for matters outside of the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Maryland, and Virginia, although if you are injured in an accident, we have relationships with other personal injury attorneys and lawyers throughout the United States.