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Statute of Limitations – Food Poisoning and Illness Lawsuit


The increasing dependence on the industrialized food production industry to provide our growing population with proper daily nutrition has resulted in an increase in the risk of food poisoning and foodborne illness outbreaks on an epidemic scale. Salmonella poisoning is by far the most common type of food poisoning accounting for some 40% of all cases. Victims of food poisoning have a certain period of time to file a personal injury civil lawsuit in the court of law. The jurisdiction where a case is filed in determines the specific statutes which apply. Failure file a claim for food poisoning within the statutory limited time period may eliminated a victims right to compensation. Time limits for filing lawsuits in all 50 states and jurisdictions is provided below. If you have any further legal questions feel free to reach out to our law offices toll free (888) 649-7166. All consultations are completely confidential and free of cost.

Exception to a Statute of Limitations:

Under certain circumstances court will grant a tolling (or temporary suspension) of a statute. Examples where courts have granted a tolling of a statute of limitations include
  • Where the victims if physically incapacitated
  • Where the victims suffered from a mental incapacitation to such an extent where she is unaware of her legal rights and duties to file a lawsuit
  • Minor Statute of a Victims: In many jurisdictions victims under the age of 18 have two years from the date of their 18th birthday to file a lawsuit
  • The injury did not manifest itself until after the date of the incident: For example in cases where a victim contracted a harmful virus or bacterial infection due to the consumption of unsanitary food but did not experience any symptoms nor was diagnosed with the illness until sometime later.

Statute of Limitations for Filing a Civil Lawsuit for Food Poisoning in all U.S. Jurisdictions

2 Years in Alabama: Food Poisoning Claim Statute of Limitations – Ala. Code § 6-2-2 et seq. 2 Years in Alaska: Food Poisoning Lawsuit Statute of Limitations – Alaska Stat. § 09.10.010 et seq. 2 years in Arizona: Statute of Limitations for Injury Claims – Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 12-541 et seq. 3 years in Arkansas: Civil Statute of Limitations for Food Poisoning – Ark. Code Ann. § 16-56-101 et seq. 2 years in California: Statute of Limitations for Food Poisoning – Cal. Civ. Proc. Code § 312 et seq. 2 years Colorado: Civil Claims for Food Poisoning – Colo. Rev. Stat. § 13-80-102 et seq. 2 years Connecticut: Food Poisoning Statute of Limitations – Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann. § 52-575 et seq. 2 years Delaware: Food Poisoning Lawsuits – Del. Code Ann. tit. 10, § 8101 et seq. 3 years District of Columbia: Statute of Limitations – D.C. Code § 12-301 et seq. 4 years in Florida: Statute of Limitations Civil Lawsuit for Personal Injury – Fla. Stat. Ann. § 95.011 et seq. 2 years in Georgia: Statute of Limitations Food Poisoning – Ga. Code Ann. § 9-3-20 et seq. 2 years in Hawaii: Civil Food Poisoning Statute of Limitations – Haw. Rev. Stat. § 657-1 et seq. 2 years in Idaho: Food Poisoning Statute of Limitations – Idaho Code § 5-201 et seq. 2 years in Illinois: Food Poisoning Statutes – 735 Ill. Comp. Stat. 5/13-201 et seq. 2 years in Indiana: Civil Statutes on Food Poisoning – Ind. Code Ann. § 34-11-2-1 et seq. 2 years in Iowa: Civil Statutes on Food Poisoning – Iowa Code Ann. § 614.1 et seq. 2 years in Kansas: Limitations on Filing a Food Poisoning Claim – Kan. Stat. Ann. § 60-501 et seq. 1 year in Kentucky: Statute of Limitations – Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 413.080 et seq. 1 year Louisiana: Food Poisoning Claim Statute of Limitations – La. civil code § 3492 et seq. 6 years in Maine: Food Poisoning Lawsuits – Me. Rev. Stat. Ann. tit. 14, § 751 et seq. 3 years in Maryland: Statute of Limitations for Food Poisoning – Md. Courts & Jud. Proc. Code Ann. § 5-101 et seq. 3 years in Massachusetts: Statute of Limitations for Food Poisoning – Mass. Ann. Laws ch. 260, § 1 et seq. 3 years in Michigan: Food Poisoning Claims – Mich. Comp. Laws § 600.5801 et seq. 2 years in Minnesota: Statute of Limitations -Minn. Stat. Ann. § 541.01 et seq. 3 years in Mississippi: Statute of Limitations – Miss. Code. Ann. § 15-1-1 et seq. 5 years in Missouri: Statute of Limitations Food Poisoning – Mo. Rev. Stat. § 516.097 et seq. 3 years in Montana: Civil Food Poisoning Statute of Limitations – Mont. Code Ann. § 27-2-2021 et seq. 4 years in Nebraska: Civil Food Poisoning Statute of Limitations – Neb. Rev. Stat. § 25-201 et seq. 2 year in Nevada: Civil Food Poisoning Statute of Limitations – Nev. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 11.010 et seq.\ 3 years in New Hampshire: Food Poisoning Statute of Limitations – N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 508:1 et seq. 2 years in New Jersey: Statute of Limitations Civil Food Poisoning – N.J. Stat. Ann. § 2a:14-1 et seq. 3 years in New Mexico: Statute of Limitations Civil Food Poisoning – N.M. Stat. Ann. § 37-1-1 et seq. 3 years in New York: Food Poisoning Statutes – N.Y. Civ. Prac. Laws & Rules § 201 et seq. 3 years in North Carolina: Statute of Limitations for Food Poisoning Lawsuit – N.C. Gen. Stat. § 1-46 et seq. 6 years in North Dakota: Civil Laws on Statute of Limitations – N.D. Cent. Code § 28-01-01 et seq. 2 years in Ohio: Food Poisoning Laws – Ohio Rev. Code Ann. § 2305.03 et seq. 2 years in Oklahoma: Food Poisoning Claim Statutes- Okla. Stat. Ann. tit. 12, § 91 et seq. 2 years in Oregon: Food Poisoning Claim Statutes – Or. Rev. Stat. § 12.010 et seq. 2 years in Pennsylvania: Civil Statutes regarding time limitations – 42 Pa. Cons. Stat. Ann. § 5501 et seq. 3 years in Rhode Island: Statute of Limitations Civil Food Poisoning – R. I. Gen. Laws § 9-1-12 et seq. 3 years in South Carolina: Civil Statute of Limitations -S.C. Code Ann. § 15-3-510 et seq 3 years in South Dakota: Civil Laws Regarding Statute of Limitations – S.D. Codified Laws Ann. § 15-2-1 et seq. 1 years Tennessee: Civil Statute of Limitations for Food Poisoning – Tenn. Code Ann. § 28-3-101 et seq. 2 years in Texas: Civil Statute of Limitations for Food Poisoning – Tex. Civ. Prac. & Rem. Code § 16.001 et seq 4 years in Utah: Civil Statute of Limitations for Food Poisoning – Utah Code Ann. § 78-12-22 et seq. 4 years in Vermont: Food Poisoning Law for Statute of Limitations – Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 12, § 461 et seq. 2 years Virginia: Food Poisoning Claim – Va. Code Ann. § 8.01-228 et seq. 3 years in Washington: Statute of Limitations Civil Food Poisoning – Wash. Rev. Code Ann. § 4.16.005 et seq. 2 years in West Virginia: Statute of Limitations for Injury to Person – W. Va. Code § 55-2-1 et seq. 3 years in Wisconsin: Statute of Limitations for Food Poisoning Claims – Wis. Stat. Ann. § 893.01 et seq. 4 years in Wyoming: Statute of Limitations Food Poisoning -Wyo. Stat. § 1-3-102 et seq.

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