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THIS LIST OF MEDICAL MALPRACTICE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS IS LIMITED AND IS NOT INTENDED TO BE COMPREHENSIVE. THERE ARE OTHER EXCEPTIONS AND TIME PERIODS THAT APPLY TO MOST CASES. THEREFORE, YOU MUST CONSULT A LAWYER WITHOUT DELAY. In addition, special rules and exceptions exist in many states for medical malpractice cases. For example, minors can have the statute "tolled" or stopped until they reach the age of majority in many states. Many states toll the medical malpractice statute for incapacity. Often language exists in the statute that does not start the time limit running until the victim knew or "should have known" about the malpractice. Special rules can exist for medical malpractice involving hidden surgical instruments or "foreign object" cases, in which malpractice is difficult to find in a timely manner. In addition, where there is a death from medical malpractice, many states have "wrongful death" statutes that govern the time limit for bringing an action. Stautes of repose can also place absolute time limits on these exceptions. These rules and exceptions exist in almost all states so you should not merely rely on the general rule, but should seek legal counsel as to the specific rules and exceptions in your state governing medical malpractice Statutes of Limitations.

ALA - 2 years statute of limitations. Ala. Code § 6-5-482.

ARK - 2 years statute of limitations. Ark. Code Ann. § 16-114-203.

CA - California - 1 year statute of limitations. Cal. Civ. Proc. Code § 340.5.

CT - Connecticut - 2 years statute of limitations. Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann. § 52-584.

FL - 2 years statute of limitations. Fla. Stat. Ann. § 95.11(4)(b).

GA -2 year statute of limitations. Ga. Code Ann. § 9-3-71.

ILL -2 years statute of limitations. 735 Ill. Comp. Stat. Ann. § 5/13-212.

IND - 2 years statute of limitations. Code Ann. § 34-18-7-1.

LA - 1 year statute of limitations. La. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 9:5628.

MD - 5 years from the negligence or 3 years from its discovery, whichever date is earlier. Md. Code Ann., Cts. & Jud. Proc. § 5-109.

MA - Massachusetts - 3 years statute of limitations. Mass. Ann. Laws ch. 260, § 4.

MICH - 2 years statute of limitations. Laws Ann. §§ 600.5805(5) and 600.5838a.

MN - 2 years statute of limitations. Ann. § 541.07.

MISSISSIPPI - 2 years statute of limitations. Miss. Code Ann. § 15-1-36.

MO - 2 years statute of limitations. Mo. Ann. Stat. § 516.105.

NH -2 yr. statute for med mal, N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 507-C:4, seems to conflict with the statute of limitations for personal injury of 3 years N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 508:4. You should seek New Hampshire Counsel to determine the accurate time limit.

NJ - New Jersey - 2 years statute of limitations. N.J. Stat. Ann. § 2A:14-2; N.J. Stat. Ann. § 2A:14-21; N.J. Stat. Ann. § 2A:31-3.

NY - New York - 2 1/2 years statute of limitations. N.Y. C.P.L.R. § 214a.

NC - North Carolina - 3 yrs statute of limitations. N.C. Gen. Stat. §§ 1-15 and 1-52(16)

OH - OHIO - 1 year statute of limitations. Ohio Rev. Code Ann. § 2305.11(B)(1).

PA - Pennsylvania - 2 years statute of limitations. 42 Pa. Cons. Stat. Ann. § 5524.

RI - 3 years statute of limitations. R.I. Gen. Laws §§ 9-1-14.1 and 10-7-2 (1997).

SC - 3 years statute of limitations. S.C. Code Ann. § 15-3-545.

TN - 1 year statute of limitations. Tenn. Code Ann. § 29-26-116.

TX - 2 years statute of limitations. Tex. Rev. Civ. Stat. Ann. art. 4590i, § 10.01.

VA - Virginia - 2 years statute of limitations. Va. Code Ann. § 8.01-243.

W. VA. - 2 years statute of limitations. W. Va. Code § 55-7B-4.

WI - 3 years statute of limitations. Wis. Stat. Ann. § 893.55(1)

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