Mississippi Statutes of Limitation

Negligence and personal injury claims?

For most negligence claims, the statute of limitations is three (3) years from the date of injury.

Intentional act claims?

For most injuries caused by intentional acts, the limitation period is one (1) year from the date of injury.

Libel, slander, or defamation?

The limitations period for filing a libel/slander/defamation usually is one (1) year from the publication.

Wrongful death?

The limitations period for filing a negligent wrongful death claim is three (3) years. However, the period is only two (2) years when the death results from medical malpractice by a private doctor or medical provider.

Medical malpractice claims?

Claims against private doctors and providers must be filed within two (2) years after the negligence occurs. The time is different for Minors under the age of six. If the defendant is a county or state hospital or a government employee, the lawsuit must typically be filed within one (1) year.

Defective products?

Pursuant to section 11-1-60 of the Mississippi Code, you usually must file a product liability lawsuit within two (2) years of the date of injury.

Breach of contract?

In Mississippi, you must typically file a claim for a breach of contract within three (3) years.

What is the discovery Rule?

Pursuant to section 15-1-67 of the Mississippi Code, if someone fraudulently conceals material information from you, the limitations period may not begin to run until the fraud is discovered or, with reasonable diligence, should have been discovered.

Time limits for criminal charges?

There are various time limits depending on the alleged crime. For some crimes, there is a two-year time limit. Other crimes have more extended periods. However, the passage of time never bars a prosecution for murder, manslaughter, aggravated assault, kidnapping, arson, burglary, forgery, counterfeiting, robbery, larceny, rape, embezzlement, obtaining money or property under false pretenses or by fraud, felonious abuse or battery of a child.