Virginia Civil Statute of Limitations Laws
The term "statute of limitations" refers to laws limiting the time in which an individual may file a lawsuit (or start a civil court procedure). The clock typically starts ticking at the time the incident took place. Virginia's statute of limitations laws are fairly standard, with a two-year limit of injuries to a person; libel or slander; or fraud. There is a five-year statute of limitations for claims pertaining to trespassing, injury to personal property, and written contracts.
A list of Virginia's civil statute of limitations laws can be found in the following chart. See Time Limit Considerations in Medical Malpractice Claims to learn more.
|Injury to Person||2 yrs. §8.01-243(A)|
|Libel/Slander||2 yrs. §8.01-243(A)|
|Fraud||2 yrs. §8.01-243(A)|
|Injury to Personal Property||5 yrs. §8.01-243(B)|
|Professional Malpractice||Health care providers: 1 to 2 yrs.; 10 max. §8.01-243.1|
|Trespass||5 yrs. §8.01-243(B)|
|Collection of Rents||-|
|Contracts||Written: 5 yrs. §8.01-246(2); Oral: 3 yrs. §8.01-246(4)|
|Collection of Debt on Account||-|
|Judgments||20 yrs.; 10 yrs. to enforce lien §8.01-251(a), (c)|
Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact a Virginia personal injury attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.
Research the Law
- Virginia Law
- Official State Codes - Links to the official online statutes (laws) in all 50 states and DC.
Virginia Civil Statute of Limitations Laws: Related Resources