DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

Fraud
3 Years The statute of limitations will not run until plaintiff knows or with the exercise of reasonable diligence would have known of some injury. Diamond v. Davis, 680 A.2d 364, 381 (D.C. Ct. App. 1996).
Negligence / Personal Injury
3 Years Except as otherwise specifically provided by law, actions for the following purposes may not be brought after the expiration of the period specified below from the time the right to maintain the action accrues:
(8) for which a limitation is not otherwise specially prescribed -- 3 years. D.C. Code § 12-301
Statute Of Repose

Construction: 10 Years from substantial completion of improvement to real property. D.C. Code § 12-310.

Products: None.

Wrongful Death
2 Years An action pursuant to this chapter shall be brought by and in the name of the personal representative of the deceased person, and within 2 years after the death of the person injured. D.C. Code § 16-2702
Medical Malpractice
3 Years A medical malpractice claim does not accrue until the patient has discovered or reasonably should have discovered all of the essential elements of her possible cause of action. Colbert v. Georgetown Univ., 641 A. 2d 469, 473-73 (D.C. Ct. App. 1994).
Malpractice (Other Professions)
Products Liability
3 Years

Except as otherwise specifically provided by law, actions for the following purposes may not be brought after the expiration of the period specified below from the time the right to maintain the action accrues:
(8) for which a limitation is not otherwise specially prescribed -- 3 years. D.C. Code § 12-301

Discovery:

The statute of limitations will not run until plaintiffs know or reasonably should have known that they suffered injury due to the defendants' wrongdoing. Doe v. Medlantic Health Care Group, Inc., 814 A. 2d 939, 945 (D.C. Ct. App. 2003).

Intentional Torts
1 Year
Municipal Liability/Sovereign Immunity
Action against the District of Columbia requires notice in writing to mayor within 6 months of injury, or police report.
Discovery Rule
SOL runs from when injury was, or should have been discovered.
Comparative Negligence
Not adopted.
Charitable Immunity
Generally abolished.
Disabilities
SOL runs from removal of disability. Infants (18th birthday).
Punitive Damages
Not allowed.
No-Fault Insurance
Applies
Other Relevant Information

1 year from discovery that injury or death was caused by exposure to asbestos.

3 years for unspecified actions.

Sexual Abuse of a Minor: 7 years from 18th birthday or 3 years from discovery, whichever is greater.

Injuries from toxic substances: 5 years from discovery.

Consumer Fraud Complaint

D.C. Office of the Attorney General, Consumer Protection
http://www.atg.wa.gov/file-complaint

Consumer Protection: (800) 551-4636

Out of state: (206) 464-6684

Hearing impaired: (800) 833-6388

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