DC and Maryland Personal Injury Statutes of Limitation

Every state limits the amount of time that someone can bring a personal injury case against an at-fault party after an accident. This enables businesses to plan ahead without worrying about liability. However, this also means that injured parties have a limited amount of time during which to consult a lawyer and file their claim. If they wait too long, victims may be forever disqualified from seeking financial compensation for their claim. It is also important to note that every state has slightly different laws when it comes to statutes of limitations. Here is a look at DC and Maryland regulations:

District of Columbia

In the event of a tortious action, DC residents have three years to file a personal injury action against the at-fault party. This includes legal claims for intentional actions such as assault and battery as well as unintentional torts like negligence. However, if the negligent act leads to a loved one's passing, the family of the deceased only has one year to file suit against the individuals or companies responsible.  


If the accident occurred in Maryland, the victim has no more than three years from the date of the collision to file a personal injury claim. This topic governed by the state’s statutes concerning Courts and Judicial Proceedings, and it applies to injuries that were proximately caused by the accident. If the accident occurred in the District of Columbia, but both drivers reside in Maryland and register their vehicles in that state, Maryland law likely applies. However, every situation is different, so it is essential to speak to a licensed attorney who can offer sound advice.