RHODE ISLAND

Negligence / Personal Injury
3 Years with Discovery Rule.
Toxic Tort
3 Years Actions for injuries to the person shall be commenced and sued within three (3) years next after the cause of action shall accrue, and not after, except as provided for otherwise in subsection (c) herein.
(c) As to an action for personal injuries wherein an injured party is entitled to proceed against an insurer pursuant to § 27-7-2, where an action is otherwise properly filed against an insured within the time limitations provided for by this section, and process against the insured tortfeasor has been returned “non est inventus” and filed with the court, then the statutory limitation for filing an action under § 27-7-2 directly against an insurer shall be extended an additional one hundred twenty (120) days after the expiration of the time limitation provided for in subsection (b) herein. R.I. Gen. Laws Ann. § 9-1-14
Wrongful Death
3 Years With respect to any death caused by any wrongful act, neglect or default which is not known at the time of death, the action shall be commenced within three (3) years of the time that the wrongful act, neglect or default is discovered or, in the exercise of reasonable diligence, should have been discovered. R.I. Gen. Laws Ann. § 10-7-2
Medical Malpractice
3 Years Notwithstanding the provisions of §§ 9-1-13 and 9-1-14, an action for medical, veterinarian, accounting, or insurance or real estate agent or broker malpractice shall be commenced within three (3) years from the time of the occurrence of the incident which gave rise to the action R.I. Gen. Laws Ann. § 9-1-14.1

In Wilkinson v. Harrington, 104 R.I. 224, 237, 243 A.2d 745, 752 (1968), we held that the discovery rule applied to a medical malpractice case wherein an injury remained latent for years, undiscoverable by the victim. Ashey v. Kupchan, 618 A.2d 1268, 1269-70 (R.I. 1993).
Malpractice (Other Professions)
3 Years for legal, veterinarian, accounting and real-estate malpractice with discovery rule.
Products Liability
3 Years

Actions for injuries to the person shall be commenced and sued within three (3) years next after the cause of action shall accrue, and not after, except as provided for otherwise in subsection (c) herein. R.I. Gen. Laws Ann. § 9-1-14

Discovery:

The statute of limitations in a drug product liability case begins to run when the person discovers or should have discovered with reasonable diligence the wrongful conduct of the manufacturer. Anthony v. Abbott Laboratories, 490 A.2d 43 (R.I. 1985). No statute of repose; ruled unconstitutional in Kennedy v. Cumberland, 471 A.2d 195 (R.I. 1984). 10 year catch-all SOL for all civil actions, unless otherwise specficially provided. R.I.Gen. Laws 1956 9-1-13.

Intentional Torts
3 Years except 1 year for libel and slander.
Fraud
10 Years (a) Except as otherwise specially provided, all civil actions shall be commenced within ten (10) years next after the cause of action shall accrue, and not after. R.I. Gen. Laws Ann. § 9-1-13

Bourdon's, Inc. v. Ecin Indust., 704 A.2d 747, 749 (R.I. 1997) ( we hold that the applicable period of limitations for actions for fraud and deceit is the ten-year period found in G.L.1956 § 9-1-13(a), and we further hold that the Statute of Frauds, § 9-1-4, is inapplicable to a claim of misrepresentation, fraud, and/or deceit)
Municipal Liability/Sovereign Immunity
3 Years If arising out of maintenance of streets, highways, or bridges, 60 day notice of claim requirement.
Discovery Rule
Standard rule applies in RI.
Comparative Negligence
Applies.
Charitable Immunity
Abolished.
Disabilities
For infants (18th birthday), incompetents, and insane persons, SOL applies after disability removed. Does not apply in wrongful death cases. Medical malpractice and legal malpractice cases must be brought within 3 years from removal of disabilities.
Punitive Damages
Punitive damages may be awarded in torts involving malice, wantonness, or willfulness, false imprisonment, assault, libel, or slander.
No-Fault Insurance
None
Consumer Fraud Complaint
Rhode Island Department of Attorney General, Consumer Protection
http://www.riag.ri.gov/civilcriminal/consumerprotection.php
(401)274-4400

MANHATTAN OFFICE

59 Maiden Lane, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10038
Phone: 212.267.6700

LONG ISLAND OFFICE

6 Harbor Park Drive
Port Washington, NY 11050
Phone: 516.466.6500

NEW JERSEY OFFICE

80 Main Street Suite 265
West Orange, NJ 07052
Phone: 973.323.3603

FLORIDA OFFICE

27300 Riverview Center Blvd., Suite 103
Bonita Springs, Florida 34134-4316
Phone: 239.390.1000