It is a situation far too many people find themselves in – they are driving on the Northern State Parkway in Flint when a drunk driver crashes into the back of their vehicle. Their vehicle is totaled and they suffer serious bodily injuries including cracked ribs, torn knee ligaments, and a torn rotator cuff. But, for some odd reason, the injured driver does not contact an attorney and does nothing to initiate a legal claim. A few years go by and the injured driver is still in pain. They finally speak to a lawyer and are told the unfortunate news – they cannot file a lawsuit against the negligent driver because the statute of limitations expired.
Almost every state has a law known as the statute of limitations. This law effectively sets a time limit on the filing of a civil lawsuit. If you or a family member was injured in an accident, it is important that you keep track of the statute of limitations. If you fail to file your lawsuit in a timely manner, your legal claim could effectively be forfeited. Given the very serious nature of filing deadlines, you should be sure to keep it in mind and consult with an experienced Michigan personal injury attorney.
Michigan has a few different statutes of limitations relevant to a variety of tort claims. For example, the statute of limitations for a libel claim is one year, according to Mich. Comp. Laws § 600.5805(9). If you were injured by a negligent doctor, a claim for medical malpractice needs to be filed within two years, according to Mich. Comp. Laws § 600.5805(2). A lawsuit related to an injury suffered in a car accident, truck accident, etc. must be filed within three years.
As stated above, if you fail to file a lawsuit within the statutory time period, you may lose your claim. Thus, as soon as you decide to file a lawsuit, you should take action sooner rather than later. Ideally, you (or your Flint personal injury attorney) should begin to gather evidence, contact any witnesses, and investigate the nature of the incident that occurred. If you know that there may be an insurance company that would be relevant to the situation, it would be prudent to contact them and alert them that a claim may be pending. Similarly, you should request any relevant police reports and see any medical specialists required to assist in determining the extent of your injuries. The guidance and counsel of an attorney can prove to be invaluable in these situations as well, since they can assist in handling the collection of pertinent evidence and filing legal documents.
If you or a family member was seriously injured in an automobile collision, truck wreck, crosswalk accident, or any other type of preventable accident, contact Nickola Law today at 810-767-5420 to schedule a free, confidential consultation with a dedicated and compassionate personal injury attorney who can help you pursue maximum compensation.
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