Medical Malpractice Statute of Limitations by State

Each state has different laws, rules, and requirements regarding time limits under which claims for medical malpractice must be made (and how they are made) after which the victim’s claim may be barred and the right to sue may be lost forever. Many states have different time limits depending on the type of claim being made and/or the date when the harm from medical malpractice was (or should reasonably have been) known. The expert opinion of a competent medical malpractice lawyer regarding the applicable statute of limitations to the facts of your possible claim should be promptly obtained.

The following listing and information regarding the medical malpractice statutes of limitations by state are for general information purposes only. This list is not legal advice and may not be current or accurate at the time you view this page. Many state laws are revised or changed from time to time (including medical malpractice statutes of limitations). Do not rely on the information below with regard to the statute(s) of limitations that may apply to your claim. Seek competent legal advice with regard to medical malpractice statutes of limitations that may apply to your state and/or to your claim. Different statutes of limitations may apply (such as but not limited to many states that have different statutes of limitations regarding foreign objects left in the body during surgery). Certain notice requirements regarding possible medical malpractice claims may also apply (such as but not limited to notice requirements regarding federal health care providers and state health care providers).

 

State

Medical Malpractice Statute of Limitations

State Law Reference

Alabama

2 years

Alabama Code Section 6-2-38

Alaska

2 years

Alaska Statutes Section 09.10.070

Arizona

2 years

Arizona Revised Statutes Section 12-542

Arkansas

2 years

A.C.A. Section 16-114-203

California

1/3 years

California Code of Civil Procedure Section 340.5

Colorado

2 years

Colorado Revised Statutes Section 13-80-102.5

Connecticut

2 years

Connecticut General Statutes Chapter 926 Section 52-584

Delaware

2 years

Delaware Code Title 10 Chapter 81 Section 8119

District of Columbia (D.C.)

3 years

DSST Section 12-301

Florida

2 years

Florida Statutes Title XIII Chapter 95 Section 95.11

Georgia

2 years

O.C.G.A. Section 9-3-71

Hawaii

2 years

Hawaii Revised Statutes Section 657-7.3

Idaho

2 years

Idaho Code Section 5-219

Illinois

2 years

Illinois Code Chapter 735 Article 5 Section 13-735

Indiana

2 years

IC 34-11-2-3

Iowa

2 years

Iowa Code Section 614.1

Kansas

2 years

Kansas Statutes Section 60-513

Kentucky

1 year

Kentucky Revised Statutes Title XXXVI Section 413.140

Louisiana

1 year

Louisiana Civil Code Article 3492

Maine

6 years

Maine Revised Statutes Title 14 Chapter 205 Section 752

Maryland

3 years

Annotated Code of Maryland Courts and Judicial Proceedings Article Section 5-109

Massachusetts

3 years

Massachusetts General Laws Article 260 Section 2A

Michigan

2 years

Michigan Compiled Laws Section 600.5805(6)

Minnesota

4 years

Minnesota Statutes Section 541.076

Mississippi

2 years

Mississippi Code Section 15-1-36

Missouri

2 years

Missouri Revised Statutes Title 35 Section 516.105

Montana

3 years

Montana Code Section 27-2-205

Nebraska

2 years

Nebraska Revised Statutes Section 25-208

Nevada

1 year

NRS 41A.097

New Hampshire

2 years

New Hampshire Revised Statutes Section 507-C:4

New Jersey

2 years

New Jersey Statutes Section 2A: 14-2

New Mexico

3 years

New Mexico Statutes Section 41-5-13

New York

2 years 6 months

New York Civil Practice Rules Section 214-a

North Carolina

3 years

North Carolina General Statutes Section 1-15

North Dakota

2 years

North Dakota Code 28-01-18

Ohio

1 year

Ohio Revised Code Section 2305.113

Oklahoma

2 years

Oklahoma Statutes Title 12 Section 95

Oregon

2 years

Oregon Revised Statutes Section 12.110

Pennsylvania

2 years

42 Pa. Con. Stat. Section 5524

Rhode Island

2 years

Rhode Island General Laws Section 9-1-14.1

South Carolina

3 years

South Carolina Code Section 15-3-545

South Dakota

2 years

South Dakota Comp. Laws Section 15-2-14.1

Tennessee

1 year

Tennessee Code Section 29-26-116

Texas

2 years

Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code Section 74.251

Utah

2 years

Utah Code Section 78B-3-404

Vermont

3 years

Vermont Statutes Title 12 Section 521

Virginia

2 years

Virginia Code Section 8.01-243.1

Washington

3 years

Washington Revised Code 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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