Minnesota and every other state have time limits for when a lawsuit can be brought, and this is called the statutes of limitations. If you do not pursue your claim during this period, your claim can be void as an operation of law. If you intend to pursue a claim, I strongly urge you to contact a lawyer as soon as possible.The following are Minnesota's statutes of limitations for common types of claims.

AUTOMOBILE (MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENTS) Minnesota Statute § 541.05, Subd. 1(5) Limitations Period: 6 years from the date of injury

AVIATION/AIRPLANE INCIDENT Minnesota Statute § 541.05, Subd. 1(5) Limitations Period: 6 years from the date of injury

BICYCLE ACCIDENT Minnesota Statute § 541.05, Subd. 1(5) Limitations Period: 6 years from the date of injury

BOAT, WATERCRAFT, & JET SKI ACCIDENTS Minnesota Statute § 541.05, Subd. 1(5) Limitations Period: 6 years from the date of injury

BUS ACCIDENT Minnesota Statute § 541.05, Subd. 1(5) Limitations Period: 6 years from the date of injury

CLAIMS AGAINST THE STATE OF MINNESOTA, A CITY, A COUNTY, OR A MUNICIPALITY (DEATH) Minnesota Statute § 466.05, Subd. 2 and § 3.736, Subd. 6 Notice to State OR Municipality: One Year

CLAIMS AGAINST THE STATE OF MINNESOTA, A CITY, A COUNTY, OR A MUNICIPALITY (INJURY) Minnesota Statute § 466.05, Subd. 1 and § 3.736(5) Notice to State OR Municipality: 180 Days

CONSTRUCTION ACCIDENTS Minnesota Statute § 541.05, Subd. 1(5) Limitations Period: 6 years from the date of injury

DOG BITES AND ANIMAL ATTACKS Minnesota Statute § 541.05, Subd. 1(5) Limitations Period: 6 years from the date of injury

INTENTIONAL ASSAULT AND BATTERY Minnesota Statute § 541.07 Limitations Period: 2 years from the date of injury

INVOLVING CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 18 (MINORS) IN MINNESOTA Minnesota Statute § 541.15(a)(1) Limitations Period: 1 year from when the child turns 18. There is a seven-year tolling provision for medical malpractice cases.

LIQUOR LIABILITY/ILLEGAL SALES/DRAM SHOP CLAIM Notice deadline once an attorney-client relationship formed Limitations Period: 240 days from the formation of the attorney-client relationship

MEDICAL MALPRACTICE MEDICAL MALPRACTICE - DEATH Minnesota Statute §541.07 and § 573.02 Limitations Period: 3 years from the death and no more than 4 years from when the cause of action started.

MEDICAL MALPRACTICE MEDICAL MALPRACTICE - INJURY Minnesota Statute §541.076 Limitations Period: 4 years from the date of injury

MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT Minnesota Statute § 541.05, Subd. 1(5) Limitations Period: 6 years from the date of injury

PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT Minnesota Statute § 541.05, Subd. 1(5) Limitations Period: 6 years from the date of injury

PRODUCT INJURY Minnesota Statute § 604.04 Notice: 6 Months from the formation of the relationship

ROLLOVER ACCIDENT (TRUCK, SUV, & ATV) Minnesota Statute § 541.05, Subd. 1(5) Limitations Period: 6 years from the date of injury

SLIP AND FALL ACCIDENT (BASED ON A DEFECTIVE DESIGN OR IMPROPER CONSTRUCTION) Minnesota Statute § 541.05, Subd. 1(c) Limitations Period: 2 years from the date of injury but not more than 10 years after completion of the project

SLIP AND FALL ACCIDENT (BASED ON POOR MAINTENANCE, OPERATION, OR INSPECTION) Minnesota Statute § 541.05, Subd. 1(5) Limitations Period: 6 years from the date of injury

TRAIN ACCIDENT Minnesota Statute § 541.05, Subd. 1(5) Limitations Period: 6 years from the date of injury

TRUCK/SEMI TRACTOR ACCIDENT Minnesota Statute § 541.05, Subd. 1(5) Limitations Period: 6 years from the date of injury

UNINSURED OR UNDERINSURED MOTORIST CLAIMS Minnesota Case Law: O'Neill v. Illinois Farmers & Nelson v. State Farm Limitations Period: 6 years running from the date of the accident

WRONGFUL DEATH LIMITATIONS Minnesota Statute § 573.02, Subd. 1 Limitations Period: Three years from the date of death


The statute of limitations for Minnesota claims should not be calculated by the client only. Consult a qualified attorney at Heuer Fischer P.A. to determine what statute of limitations applies to your unique claim.

If you do not pursue your claim during the statute of limitations time period, you will be unable to make a claim. Therefore, if you feel that you have a claim that you would like to pursue, you should seek legal representation as soon as possible. Heuer Fischer is available to answer questions that you may have regarding the Minnesota personal injury statute of limitations. Please call us if you wish to investigate or pursue a claim.