Are There Deadlines for Filing a Personal Injury Suit in Michigan?

Are There Deadlines for Filing a Personal Injury Suit in Michigan?

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May 12, 2015
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Have you been hurt in some kind of accident in Flint, Michigan? Are you still feeling the negative effects caused by injuries? Are you still suffering pain and/or mental anguish from your accident? Perhaps you’re wondering if your life will ever be the same again. These are all common questions and concerns following an accident wherein someone is injured. Accident victims can suffer terrible loss because of their injuries and those losses can continue long after the accident is over.

If you or a loved is currently in this kind of situation, then perhaps you’ve wondered whether or not you could file a lawsuit against the person responsible for your injuries, and continued pain and suffering. Maybe your accident happened a while ago and you’re not sure if you can still file a personal injury claim. There is indeed a statute of limitations in Michigan, just as there is anywhere else. In Michigan, the statute of limitations lasts for three years. In other words, if someone hurts you in an accident, you have three years from the day of your accident to file a civil suit against that person or business. However, there are some exceptions to that rule.

If you are in an accident and you don’t realize that you have been hurt right away, then the three-year period could start at a later time. For example, if you should discover a month after your accident that have an injury that was caused by your accident, then your three year period would begin at the time your injury was discovered. Meanwhile, there are also exceptions if you have an injury claim against a state government agency. In that case, you have only six months (or 120 days) to file an injury claim. However, you do have up to two years to file a lawsuit in that situation.

The bottom line is that you don’t have forever to file a claim if you are injured in an accident. While three years might seem like a long time, it can pass by quickly. Likewise, the longer you wait, the harder it may be to prove your case. It could be difficult to find witnesses, or even the person who caused the accident. Therefore, if you or a loved has been injured in some kind of accident caused by someone else’s negligence, then you should speak with an attorney as soon as possible in order to begin working on your case right away.

Please contact the law office of Nickola today for assistance if you have suffered a personal injury. Call us in Flint at 810-767-5420, or click here to connect with us online.


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