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.
A personal injury action must be filed within two years of the date when the injury occurred. In Arizona, personal injury actions include medical malpractice and products liability claims.
Medical malpractice actions must be filed within two years.
The two-year personal injury statute of limitations applies, so long as the action is filed within 12 years of the date of the injury.
Uninsured and underinsured claims must be filed with three years of the accident date or three years from the date the person should have known of the insufficiency of the tort-feasor's insurance.
Except in cases of wrongful death, a minor must file suit within two years of his or her 18th birthday.
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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.