Statue of Limitations for a Wrongful Death Lawsuit

What Is the Statute of Limitations for a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

In Michigan, the statute of limitations for wrongful death cases is typically three years from the date of the individual’s death. If your lawsuit is not filed within three years, you could lose your right to file a claim for the loss of your loved one. There are exceptions to this time frame which could affect how quickly you must act to pursue a claim. To ensure your case is still viable, talk to an experienced wrongful death attorney as soon as possible.

How Much Time Do I Have to File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

Michigan’s Wrongful Death Act does not provide any time restrictions for filing a wrongful death lawsuit. Instead, the statute of limitations is based on the nature of the claim. For example, if the individual’s death resulted from the ordinary negligence of another person or company, you have three years to bring a claim for the loss of your loved one. In contrast, if the individual died as a result of medical malpractice, the statute of limitations for filing a claim is only two years. Under some circumstances, Michigan law requires you to comply with strict notice requirements before filing suit against an insurance company or governmental entity for wrongful death. The circumstances in every case are unique. Speak with one of our experienced wrongful death attorneys today to understand the statute of limitations and notice requirements for a filing a claim for the loss of your loved one.


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