The statute of limitations is the cutoff date for filing any claims arising from a personal injury action or other civil action. In Virginia, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is two years from the date of the alleged accident. In North Carolina, the statute of limitations for personal injuries is three years from the date of the alleged accident. For example, the statute of limitations for an accident occurring in Virginia on July 7, 2008 would be July 7, 2010. There are many other deadlines which act as statutes of limitations which your attorney needs to be aware of, especially in relation to suing governmental entities. If you believe you were injured as a result of the negligence of a City or governmental entity, you should contact an attorney immediately. Some of these deadlines expire within SIX MONTHS after your injury!!! In addition, if you or a loved one were injured in a nursing home, and that person leaves the nursing home after their injury, under Va law, you only have a SIXTY DAY window after leaving the nursing home, to opt out of arbitration. Most nursing home contracts contain a mandatory arbitration provision, but under Va law, you can opt out of that requirement if you act quickly.