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 one year of the date of death.
These actions must be brought within one year of the date that the injury occurred.
Actions against health care providers must be filed within one year of the date that the act giving rise to the injury occurred or within one year from the date of discovery, but in no event more than three years from the date that the negligent act occurred.
These types of medical malpractice actions must be brought within one year after the wrongful act is, or should have been, discovered.
Products liability actions must be brought within one year after the plaintiff suffers the injury.
Except in cases of wrongful death, the statute of limitations begins to run on the minor's 18th birthday, unless the minority persists for more than three years. In that case, the limitations period may not exceed three years beyond the attainment of the age of majority.
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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.