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.
These actions must be brought within four years of the date that the injury occurred. Wyoming is a discovery state, and in limited circumstances this period may be extended if injury resulting from the negligent or otherwise wrongful conduct was not discoverable for some time.
Actions against health care providers must be filed within two years of the date that the act giving rise to the injury occurred or within two years after the injury was, or should have been, discovered through the exercise of diligence. In the case of minors, suit must be filed within the above described period for medical malpractice actions or by the minor's eighth birthday, whichever time period is greater.
Products liability actions must be brought within four years after the plaintiff suffers the injury. Wyoming is a discovery state, and in limited circumstances this period may be extended if the injury resulting from the negligent or otherwise wrongful conduct was not discoverable for some time.
Except in cases of medical malpractice or wrongful death, minors have three years after their 18th birthday or within any other limitations period to file suit.
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