Posted on: Sep 11, 2017

Statutes of limitations are laws which designate time limits relating to the duration of time you have to file a civil lawsuit, such as a personal injury lawsuit, or a prosecute someone for committing a crime. These deadlines typically depend on the legal claim and vary from state to state.

The time period for a personal injury claim starts on the date the incident and your injury occurs. Once the statute of limitations has expired, you are no longer able to file a lawsuit.

The following are the statues of limitations in Mississippi for various civil claims according to Title 15, Chapter 1 of the Mississippi Code of 1972:

  • Assault and Battery – one year (Miss. Code § 15-1-35)
    • Contract (in writing) – three years (Miss. Code § 15-1-49)
    • Contract (oral or not in writing) – one or three years (Miss. Code § 15-1-29)
    • False Imprisonment – one year (Miss. Code § 15-1-35)
    • Fraud – three years (Miss. Code § 15-1-49)
    • Enforcing Court Judgements – seven years (Miss. Code §§ 15-1-43 and 15-1-45)
    • Legal Malpractice – three years (Miss. Code § 15-1-49)
    • Libel – one year (Miss. Code $ 15-1-35)
    • Medical Malpractice – two or seven years, based on when the injury is “discovered” (Miss. Code § 15-1-36)
    • Personal Injury – three years (Miss. Code § 15-1-49)
    • Product Liability – three years (Miss. Code § 15-1-49)
    • Property Damage – three years (Miss. Code § 15-1-49)
    • Slander – one year (Miss. Code § 15-1-35)
    • Trespass – three years (Miss. Code § 15-1-49)
    • Wrongful Death – three years (Miss. Code § 15-1-49)

    For more information on how to file a personal injury claim, schedule a free consultation with Harris Law Firm, PLLC today!