Legal Memorandum: Statute of Limitations on Personal Injury Actions

Issue: Under Virginia law, what is the statute of limitations applied in personal injury actions?

Area of Law: Litigation & Procedure, Personal Injury & Negligence
Keywords: Statute of limitations; Personal injury actions
Jurisdiction: Virginia
Cited Cases: None
Cited Statutes: Va. Code Ann. § 8.01-243(A) (2014); Va. Code Ann. § 8.01-248
Date: 02/01/2015

Generally, Virginia imposes a two-year statute of limitations on personal injury actions: “Unless otherwise provided in this section or by other statute, every action for personal injuries, whatever the theory of recovery, and every action for damages resulting from fraud, shall be brought within two years after the cause of action accrues.”  Va. Code Ann. § 8.01-243(A) (2014); see also Va. Code Ann. § 8.01-248 (creating two-year statute for any other personal claim not set forth in statute).


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