Claim Amount

The claim amount should represent the damages or costs incurred as result of the actions or inaction of the defendant. This amount must be equal to or less than your state's limit.

State Limit
Alabama $3,000
Alaska $10,000
Arizona $3,500
Arkansas $5,000
California $10,000, except that a plaintiff may not file a claim over $2,500 more than twice a year. Limit for local public entity or for businesses is $5,000. $6,500 is the limit in suits by an individual against a guarantor that charges for its guarantor or surety services.
Colorado $7,500
Connecticut $5,000 (except in landlord-tenant security deposit claims).
Delaware $15,000
District of Columbia $5,000
Florida $5,000
Georgia $15,000 (no limit in eviction cases).
Hawaii $5,000; no limit in landlord-tenant residential security deposit cases. For return of leased or rented personal property, the property must not be worth more than $5,000.
Idaho $5,000
Illinois $10,000
Indiana $6,000
Iowa $5,000
Kansas $4,000
Kentucky $2,500
Louisiana $5,000 (city court); $5,000 (justice of the peace, but no limit on eviction cases).
Maine $6,000
Maryland $5,000
Massachusetts $7,000; no limit for property damage caused by motor vehicle.
Michigan $5,000
Minnesota $10,000 ($4,000 for claims involving consumer credit transactions, $15,000 for claims involving money or personal property subject to criminal forfeiture)
Mississippi $3,500
Missouri $5,000
Montana $7,000
Nebraska $3,500 from July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2015 (adjusted every five years based on the Consumer Price Index)
Nevada $7,500
New Hampshire $7,500
New Jersey $3,000 ($5,000 for claims relating to security deposits); certain landlord-tenant suits cannot be brought
New Mexico $10,000
New York $5,000 ($3,000 in town and village courts)
North Carolina $10,000
North Dakota $15,000
Ohio $3,000
Oklahoma $7,500
Oregon $10,000
Pennsylvania $12,000
Rhode Island $2,500
South Carolina $7,500
South Dakota $12,000
Tennessee $25,000; no limit in eviction suits or suits to recover personal property
Texas $10,000
Utah $10,000
Vermont $5,000
Virginia $5,000
Washington $5,000
West Virginia $5,000
Wisconsin $10,000; no limit in eviction suits
Wyoming $6,000

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