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West Virginia Civil Statute of Limitations Laws

Maybe you weren’t thinking of filing a lawsuit after that fender bender on I-79. But if your neck still hurts six months later or the repair shop still hasn’t fixed your truck right, you may be thinking of how to get compensated. But it’s been some time since the accident, so you may be wondering how much time you left to file a claim for damages. Every legal case has a deadline for filing in court. Here is a quick introduction to civil statutes of limitations in West Virginia.

Civil Statutes of Limitation

State statutes of limitations laws set the time limit for filing lawsuits and other civil actions. Mountain State statutes of limitations vary from one year to ten years, depending on the type of claim or judgment you have. This statutory “clock” will begin ticking on the date of the incident or, in some cases, the date you discover the harm.

Statutes of Limitation in West Virginia

The details of West Virginia’s civil statutes of limitations are listed below.

Code Section

West Virginia Code 55-2-101, et seq.: Limitation of Actions and Suits

Injury to Person

2 yrs.

55-2-12(b)

Libel/Slander

1 yr.

55-2-12(c)

Fraud

-

Injury to Personal Property

2 yrs.

55-2-12(a)

Professional Malpractice

2 yrs.

55-2-12(b)

Trespass

2 yrs.

55-2-12(a)

Collection of Rents

5 yrs.

55-4-21

Contracts

Written: 10 yrs.

Oral: 5 yrs.

55-2-6

Collection of Debt on Account

-

Judgments

10 yrs. Foreign judgment

55-2-13

Statutes of limitations are intended to create as much fairness and predictability as possible in civil lawsuits. An injured party, or plaintiff, is given a specific amount of time in which to decide whether to file a legal claim to recover damages. And on the other hand, the defendant won’t have an unfinished legal matter hanging over their head indefinitely. Therefore, statutes of limitation set a deadline for legal conflicts as so that all the parties involved to plan and prepare accordingly.

More Resources for Civil Statute of Limitations Laws in West Virginia

Along with other filing requirements, civil statutes of limitations can be confusing, and even a great legal claim could get dismissed if it isn’t filed in time. FindLaw’s section on Statute of Limitations can provide you with additional articles and resources on this topic. You can also consult with a West Virginia personal injury attorney in your area if you would like legal help regarding a civil lawsuit or statute of limitations matter.

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