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Kentucky Civil Statute of Limitations Laws

If you’ve ever been in an accident, you’ve maybe wondered if you can get compensated for your injuries. Or maybe the repair shop didn’t repair your car properly and won’t give you a refund. If you’ve wondered if you have a legal case for damages against the other driver or the auto shop, you might have also wondered if there's a deadline for filing in court. As it turns out, there is. Here is an introduction to civil statutes of limitations in Kentucky.

Civil Statutes of Limitations

State statutes of limitations set a final deadline for filing lawsuits and other civil actions. These deadlines will vary depending on the type of case and the limitations laws in the Bluegrass State range from one to fifteen years. The “clock” on claims starts ticking on either the date of the incident or the discovery of the harm.

Statutes of Limitation in Kentucky

The table below highlights the specifics of Kentucky’s civil statutes of limitations.

Code Section

Kentucky Revised Statutes 413.010, et seq.: Limitation of Actions

Injury to Person

1 yr. §413.140(1)(a)


1 yr. §413.140(1)(d)


5 yrs. §413.120(12)

Injury to Personal Property

2 yrs. §413.125

Professional Malpractice

Professional service: 1 yr. §413.245;

Medical: 1 yr. §413.140(e)


5 yrs. §413.120(4)

Collection of Rents

If prescribed by written contract then 15 yrs.


Written: 15 yrs. §413.090(2); Oral: 5 yrs. §413.120 (1)

Collection of Debt on Account

5 yrs. §413.120


15 yrs. §413.090(1)

The idea behind statutes of limitations is to create fairness and practicability when it comes to filing lawsuits. On the one hand, there is an interest in a person not having an unfinished legal matter hanging over his or her head indefinitely. On the other hand, the injured party is given a set amount of time to decide whether to file a legal claim or not. Civil statutes of limitation are the legal system’s way of creating a definitive deadline for every legal conflict so that all of the parties involved can plan accordingly.

Related Resources for Kentucky Civil Statute of Limitations Laws

Even if you have a good case, the court may never hear it if you try to file it past the statute of limitations deadline. You can visit FindLaw’s statute of limitations section for additional articles and information on this topic.

Questions About Kentucky Civil Statute of Limitations Laws? Ask an Attorney

Kentucky's civil statute of limitations often depends on the type of case involved and the cause of action you wish to pursue. If you're thinking about filing a civil lawsuit in Kentucky, it's a good idea to consult with a local litigation attorney who can potentially find the right cause of action and ensure that it's filed within the statute of limitations.

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