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.
Personal injury actions must be brought within six years of the date of the injury.
Actions against health care providers must be filed within three years of the date that the act giving rise to the injury occurred. In the case of a minor, suit must be filed within six years of the act or within three years after the minor reaches 18, whichever comes first. This section does not apply to suits involving discovery of a foreign body, in which case the period of limitations begins when the object was discovered or reasonably should have been discovered.
Products liability actions must be brought within six years after the plaintiff suffers the injury.
Except in cases of medical malpractice or wrongful death, minors have six years after their 18th birthday to file suit.
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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.