All causes of action, whether based in tort or contract, must be brought within a certain period of time after “accrual” of the cause of action. The limitations periods are set forth in statutes and typically vary from one year to ten years, depending on the cause of action involved. In some instances, the running of the statute of limitations is suspended for a period of time. This can occur based on “delayed discovery” of the cause of action, a topic discussed in another article published by this firm, or it may be suspended for any number of reasons specified by statutes or judicial decisions. This article discusses the most common instances of “tolling,” or suspension, of the running of limitations periods based on such statutes and judicial decisions.

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