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The Statute of Limitations in Your State


As mentioned above, every state has enacted its own statute of limitations, requiring any personal injury suit be filed in court within a set time after the incident or injury. The specific limit prescribed by each state is identified in the chart below, along with a link to the relevant state law.


(Note: State laws are frequently revised from year-to-year, so it is important to speak with an attorney to understand how your state's current laws will apply in your case, especially in areas as critical as the statute of limitations. Remember also that special time-limit rules exist for injury claims against the government.)


StateStatute of

State Law

Alabama2 yearsAla. Code Sec. 6-2-38
Arkansas2 yearsAlaska Stat. Sec. 9.10.070
Arizona2 yearsAriz. Rev. Stat. Sec. 12-542
Arkansas2 yearsArk. Stat. Sec. 16-114-203
California2 yearsCal. Code of Civ. Proc. Sec. 335.1
Colorado2 yearsColo. Rev. Stat. Sec. 13-80-102
Connecticut2 yearsConn. Gen. State. Sec. 52-584
Delaware2 yearsDel. Code Ann. Title 10, Sec. 8119
District of Columbia (D.C.)3 yearsD.C. Code Ann. Sec. 12-301
Florida4 yearsFla. Stat. Ann. Sec. 95.11
Georgia2 yearsGa. Code Ann. Sec. 9-3-33
Hawaii2 yearsHaw. Rev. Stat. Sec. 657.7
Idaho2 yearsIdaho Code Sec. 5-219
Illinois2 yearsIll. Ann. State. Ch. 735, Art. 5, Sec. 13-202
Indiana2 yearsInd. Code Ann. Sec. 34-11-2-4
Iowa2 yearsIowa Code Ann. Sec. 614.1
Kansas2 yearsKan. Stat. Ann. Sec. 60-513
Kentucky1 yearKy. Rev. Stat. Sec. 413.140
Louisiana1 yearLa. Civ. Code Ann. Art. 3492
Maine6 yearsMaine Rev. Stat. Ann. Title 14, Ch. 205, Sec. 752
Maryland3 yearsMd. Ann. Code Sec. 5-101
Massachusetts3 yearsMass. Gen. Laws, Art. 260, Secs. 2A, 4
Michigan3 yearsMich. Comp Laws Sec. 600.5805(9)
Minnesota2 yearsMinn. Stat. Ann. Sec. 541.05, 541.07
Mississippi3 yearsMiss. Code Ann. Sec. 15-1-49
Missouri5 yearsMissouri Ann. Stat. Title 35, Sec. 516.120
Montana3 yearsMont. Code Ann. Sec. 27-2-204, 27-2-207
Nebraska4 yearsNeb. Rev. Stat. Sec. 25-207
Nevada2 yearsNev. Rev. Stat. Sec 11.190
New Hampshire3 yearsN.H. Rev. State. Sec. 508.4
New Jersey2 yearsN.J. Stat. Ann. Sec. 2A:14-2
New Mexico3 yearsN.M. Stat. Ann. Sec. 37-1-8
New York3 yearsN.Y. Civ. Prac. R. Sec. 214
North Carolina3 yearsN.C. Gen. Stat. Sec. 1-52
North Dakota6 years (2 in wrongful death)N.D. Cent. Code Sec. 28-01-16, 28-01-18
Ohio2 yearsOhio Rev. Code Sec. 2305.10
Oklahoma2 yearsOkla. Stat. Ann. Title 12, Sec. 95
Oregon2 yearsOre. Rev. Stat. Sec. 12.110
Pennsylvania2 years42 Pa. Con. Stat. Sec. 5524
Rhode Island3 yearsR.I. Gen. Laws Sec. 9-1-14
South Carolina3 yearsS.C. Code Ann. Sec. 15-3-530
South Dakota3 yearsS.D. Comp. Laws Ann. Sec. 15-2-14
Tennessee1 yearTenn. Code Ann. Sec. 28-3-104
Texas2 yearsTex. Civ. Prac. & Rem. Code Sec. 16.003
Utah4 yearsUtah Code Ann. Sec. 78-12-28
Vermont3 yearsVt. Stat. Ann. Title 12, Sec. 512
Virginia2 yearsVa. Code Sec. 8.01-243
Washington3 yearsWa. Rev. Code Ann. Sec. 4.16.080
West Virginia2 yearsW. Va. Code Sec. 55-2-12
Wisconsin3 yearsWisc. Stat. Ann. Sec. 893.54
Wyoming4 yearsWy. Stat. Ann. Sec. 1-3-105