North Carolina Civil Statute of Limitations Laws
Plaintiffs have time limits for filing civil lawsuits, which differ by the type of claim (in most states). These time limits, referred to as the civil statute of limitations, are meant to help preserve the integrity of evidence and witness testimony. North Carolina's civil statute of limitations laws provide a three-year time limit for personal injuries, fraud, and many other causes of action; but just a one-year limit for defamation.
Look at the following table for a complete list of North Carolina's civil statute of limitations laws. See Time Limit Considerations in Medical Malpractice Claims for additional information.
|Injury to Person||3 yrs. §1-52|
|Libel/Slander||1 yr. §1-54|
|Fraud||3 yrs. §1-52(9)|
|Injury to Personal Property||3 yrs. §1-52(4)|
|Professional Malpractice||2 yrs. or more after the occurrence of the last act of the defendant, max. 4 yrs.; damages by reason of a foreign object left in body; 1 yr. upon discovery, max. 10 yrs. §1-15|
|Trespass||3 yrs. §1-52(3)|
|Collection of Rents||3 yrs. §1-52|
|Contracts||Written: 3 yrs. §1-52(1); Oral: 3 yrs. §1-52(1)|
|Collection of Debt on Account||-|
|Judgments||10 yrs. §1-47|
Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact a North Carolina personal injury attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.
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