SOL for the 50 States (and the District of Columbia)

Statutes of limitations (SOL) is the time in which a lawsuit is initiated by an injured person or victim.  In most cases, unless there is a special circumstance, the SOL begins to run from the date of the occurrence that caused the injury.  Statutes of limitations are enacted by the legislature, which might extend or reduce time limits, based on certain restrictions.  Nearly every state has a basic suspension of the statute of limitations (tolling) for civil actions while the person is a minor.

The chart below contains common statutes of limitations for all 50 states, expressed in years.

*Please check with your state’s actual statute of limitation as it may be different than what is posted on this page.

Statute of Limitations for the 50 States (and the District of Columbia)

Choose a link from the list below to learn more about MEDICAL MALPRACTICE laws in your state.

State Time Limitation Statute Citation
Alabama 2 years Code of Alabama section 6-5-482
Alaska 2 years Alaska Statutes section 09.10.070
Arizona 2 years Arizona Revised Statutes section 12-542
Arkansas 2 years Arkansas Code section 16-114-203
California 1 year California Code of Civil Procedure section 340.5
Colorado 2 years Colorado Revised Statutes section 13-80-102.5
Connecticut 2 years Gen. Stat. of Connecticut section 52-584
Delaware 2 years Title 18 Delaware Code section 6856
District of Columbia 3 years D.C. Code section 12-301
Florida 2 years Florida Statutes section 95.11(4)(b)
Georgia 2 years Code of Georgia Annotated section 9-3-71
Hawaii 2 years Hawaii Revised Statutes section 657-7.3
Idaho 2 years Idaho Statutes section 5-219
Illinois 2 years Illinois Comp. Statutes section 5/13-212(a)
Indiana 2 years Indiana Code section 34-18-7-1
Iowa 2 years Iowa Code section 614.1
Kansas 2 years Kansas Statutes Annotated section 60-513
Kentucky 1 year Kentucky Revised Statutes section 413.140
Louisiana 1 year Louisiana Revised Statutes section  9:5628
Maine 3 years Maine Revised Statutes Title 24 section 2902
Maryland 3 yrs / 5 yrs Maryland Cts & Jud. Proc. Code section 5-109
Massachusetts 3 years Massachusetts General Laws Ch. 260 section 4
Michigan 2 years Michigan Comp. Laws section 600.5805
Minnesota 4 years Minnesota Statutes section 541.076
Mississippi 2 years Mississippi Code section 15-1-36(1)
Missouri 2 years Missouri Revised Statutes section 516.105
Montana 3 years Montana Code Annotated section 27-2-205
Nebraska 2 years Nebraska Revised Statutes section 44-2828
Nevada 3 years Nevada Revised Statutes section 41A.097
New Hampshire 2 years New Hampshire Revised Statutes section 507:C-4
New Jersey 2 years New Jersey Public Law section 2A:14-2
New Mexico 3 years New Mexico Statutes Annotated section  41-5-13
New York 2.5 years N.Y. Civil Practice Law and Rules section 214-a.
North Carolina 3 years North Carolina General Statutes section 1-15
North Dakota 2 years North Dakota Century Code section 28-01-18
Ohio 1 year Ohio Revised Code section 2305.113
Oklahoma 2 years Oklahoma Statutes section 76-18
Oregon 2 years Oregon Revised Statutes section 12.110
Pennsylvania 2 years Penn. Cons. Statutes Title 42 section 5524
Rhode Island 3 years Rhode Island Statutes section 9-1-14.1
South Carolina 3 years South Carolina Code section 15-3-545
South Dakota 2 years South Dakota Codified Laws section 15-2-14.1
Tennessee 1 yr / 3 yrs Tennessee Code Annotated section 29-26-116
Texas 2 years Texas Civil Practice and Rem. Code section 74.251
Utah 2 years Utah Code section 78B-3-404
Vermont 3 years 12 Vermont Statutes Ann. section 521
Virginia 2 years Code of Virginia section 8.01-243
Washington 3 years Rev. Code of Washington section 4.16.350
West Virginia 2 years West Virginia Code section 55-7B-4
Wisconsin 3 years Wisconsin Statutes section 893.55
Wyoming 2 years Wyoming Statutes section 1-3-107
 

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Alabama Ala. Code § 6-2-2 et seq. * 6 6 2 6
Alaska Alaska Stat. § 09.10.010 et seq. 3 3 2 6 (real property); 2 (personal property)
Arizona Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 12-541 et seq. 6 3 2 2
Arkansas Ark. Code Ann. § 16-56-101 et seq. 5 3 3 3
California Cal. Civ. Proc. Code § 312 et seq. 4 2 2 3
Colorado Colo. Rev. Stat. § 13-80-102 et seq. 3 (6 most debts; rent)
(2 tortious breach)
3 (6 short-term debt/rent )
(2 tortious breach)
2 2
Connecticut Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann. § 52-575 et seq. 6 3 2 2
Delaware Del. Code Ann. tit. 10, § 8101 et seq. 3 3 2 2
District of Columbia D.C. Code § 12-301 et seq. 3 3 3 3
Florida Fla. Stat. Ann. § 95.011 et seq. 5 4 4 4
Georgia Ga. Code Ann. § 9-3-20 et seq. 6 4 2 4
Hawaii Haw. Rev. Stat. § 657-1 et seq. 6 6 2 2
Idaho Idaho Code § 5-201 et seq. 5 4 2 3
Illinois 735 Ill. Comp. Stat. 5/13-201 et seq. 10 5 2 5
Indiana Ind. Code Ann. § 34-11-2-1 et seq. 10 6 2 6 (real property); 2 (personal property)
Iowa Iowa Code Ann. § 614.1 et seq. 10 5 2 5
Kansas Kan. Stat. Ann. § 60-501 et seq. 5 3 2 2
Kentucky Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 413.080 et seq. 15 5 1 5 (real property); 2 (personal property)
Louisiana La. civil code § 3492 et seq. 10 10 1 1
Maine Me. Rev. Stat. Ann. tit. 14, § 751 et seq. 6 6 6 6
Maryland Md. Courts & Jud. Proc. Code Ann. § 5-101 et seq. 3 3 3 3
Massachusetts Mass. Ann. Laws ch. 260, § 1 et seq. 6 6 3 3
Michigan Mich. Comp. Laws § 600.5801 et seq. 6 6 3 3
Minnesota Minn. Stat. Ann. § 541.01 et seq. 6 6 2 6
Mississippi Miss. Code. Ann. § 15-1-1 et seq. 6 3 3 3
Missouri Mo. Rev. Stat. § 516.097 et seq. 5 5 5 5
Montana Mont. Code Ann. § 27-2-2021 et seq. 8 5 3 2
Nebraska Neb. Rev. Stat. § 25-201 et seq. 5 4 4 4
Nevada Nev. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 11.010 et seq. 6 4 2 3
New Hampshire N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 508:1 et seq. 3 3 3 3
New Jersey N.J. Stat. Ann. § 2a:14-1 et seq. 6 6 2 6
New Mexico N.M. Stat. Ann. § 37-1-1 et seq. 6 4 3 4
New York N.Y. Civ. Prac. Laws & Rules § 201 et seq. 6 6 3 3
North Carolina N.C. Gen. Stat. § 1-46 et seq. 3 3 3 3
North Dakota N.D. Cent. Code § 28-01-01 et seq. 6 6 6 6
Ohio Ohio Rev. Code Ann. § 2305.03 et seq. 8 6 2 4
Oklahoma Okla. Stat. Ann. tit. 12, § 91 et seq. 5 3 2 2
Oregon Or. Rev. Stat. § 12.010 et seq. 6 6 2 6
Pennsylvania 42 Pa. Cons. Stat. Ann. § 5501 et seq. 4 4 2 2
Rhode Island R. I. Gen. Laws § 9-1-12 et seq. 10 10 3 10
South Carolina S.C. Code Ann. § 15-3-510 et seq. 3 3 3 3
South Dakota S.D. Codified Laws Ann. § 15-2-1 et seq. 6 6 3 6
Tennessee Tenn. Code Ann. § 28-3-101 et seq. 6 6 1 3
Texas Tex. Civ. Prac. & Rem. Code § 16.001 et seq. 4 4 2 2
Utah Utah Code Ann. § 78-12-22 et seq. 6 4 4 3
Vermont Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 12, § 461 et seq. 6 6 3 3
Virginia Va. Code Ann. § 8.01-228 et seq. 5 3 2 5
Washington Wash. Rev. Code Ann. § 4.16.005 et seq. 6 3 3 3
West Virginia W. Va. Code § 55-2-1 et seq. 10 5 2 2
Wisconsin Wis. Stat. Ann. § 893.01 et seq. 6 6 3 6
Wyoming Wyo. Stat. § 1-3-102 et seq. 10 8 4 4

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