NEW HAMPSHIRE

Negligence / Personal Injury
3 Years I. Except as otherwise provided by law, all personal actions, except actions for slander or libel, may be brought only within 3 years of the act or omission complained of, except that when the injury and its causal relationship to the act or omission were not discovered and could not reasonably have been discovered at the time of the act or omission, the action shall be commenced within 3 years of the time the plaintiff discovers, or in the exercise of reasonable diligence should have discovered, the injury and its causal relationship to the act or omission complained of.
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 508:4
Fraud
3 Years I. Except as otherwise provided by law, all personal actions, except actions for slander or libel, may be brought only within 3 years of the act or omission complained of, except that when the injury and its causal relationship to the act or omission were not discovered and could not reasonably have been discovered at the time of the act or omission, the action shall be commenced within 3 years of the time the plaintiff discovers, or in the exercise of reasonable diligence should have discovered, the injury and its causal relationship to the act or omission complained of.
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 508:4
Toxic Tort
3 Years Except as otherwise provided by law, all personal actions, except actions for slander or libel, may be brought only within 3 years of the act or omission complained of, except that when the injury and its causal relationship to the act or omission were not discovered and could not reasonably have been discovered at the time of the act or omission, the action shall be commenced within 3 years of the time the plaintiff discovers, or in the exercise of reasonable diligence should have discovered, the injury and its causal relationship to the act or omission complained of.
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 508:4
Wrongful Death
3 Years I. Except as otherwise provided by law, all personal actions, except actions for slander or libel, may be brought only within 3 years of the act or omission complained of, except that when the injury and its causal relationship to the act or omission were not discovered and could not reasonably have been discovered at the time of the act or omission, the action shall be commenced within 3 years of the time the plaintiff discovers, or in the exercise of reasonable diligence should have discovered, the injury and its causal relationship to the act or omission complained of.
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 508:4
Medical Malpractice
3 Years I. Except as otherwise provided by law, all personal actions, except actions for slander or libel, may be brought only within 3 years of the act or omission complained of, except that when the injury and its causal relationship to the act or omission were not discovered and could not reasonably have been discovered at the time of the act or omission, the action shall be commenced within 3 years of the time the plaintiff discovers, or in the exercise of reasonable diligence should have discovered, the injury and its causal relationship to the act or omission complained of.
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 508:4
Malpractice (Other Professions)
years
Products Liability
3 Years

I. Except as otherwise provided by law, all personal actions, except actions for slander or libel, may be brought only within 3 years of the act or omission complained of, except that when the injury and its causal relationship to the act or omission were not discovered and could not reasonably have been discovered at the time of the act or omission, the action shall be commenced within 3 years of the time the plaintiff discovers, or in the exercise of reasonable diligence should have discovered, the injury and its causal relationship to the act or omission complained of.
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 508:4

Discovery:

Under New Hampshire law, discovery rule provides that cause of action does not accrue until plaintiff discovers, or in exercise of reasonable diligence should have discovered, that he was injured as result of defendant's conduct. Cheshire Med. Ctr. v. W.R. Grace & Co., 764 F. Supp. 213 opinion vacated in part on reconsideration, 767 F. Supp. 396 (D.N.H. 1991) 

Statute of Repose - Notwithstanding any other provision of law, all product liability actions must be commenced within the following time limits and not otherwise:
I. Within 3 years of the time the injury is, or should, in the exercise of reasonable diligence, have been discovered by the plaintiff; and
II. (a) No later than 12 years after the manufacturer of the final product parted with its possession and control or sold it, whichever occurred last... N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 507-D:2

Municipal Liability/Sovereign Immunity
years
Discovery Rule
Standard rule in most cases but see specific rules for medical malpractice and products liability.
Comparative Negligence
Applies, and plaintiff's recovery reduced by amount of fault.
Charitable Immunity
Abolished
Disabilities
Infants (18th birthday), incompetents, or insane persons must commence actions within 2 years after disability ceases.
Punitive Damages
Permitted for malice, wanton or willful indignity in causing injury, willful trespass and conversion.
No-Fault Insurance
None
Other Relevant Information
2 years for certain actions against ski area operators.
Consumer Fraud Complaint

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