How long do I have to file a personal injury lawsuit in Virginia? | Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp

If you or a loved one has been harmed by someone who acted negligently or recklessly, you must act quickly to hold the responsible party accountable. Virginia enforces a two-year statute of limitations on legal actions related to personal injuries, medical malpractice episodes and injuries from dangerous or defective products.

The statute of limitations clock starts either on the day that the injury occurs or, in the case of medical problems, the day on which a definitive diagnosis is made. Insurance companies and defense lawyers often argue that any claim was made after the expiration of the applicable statute of limitations, but partnering with a dedicated Virginia personal injury attorney will help the victim defeat that argument.