A statute of limitations encompasses any law placing a time limit on length of time available to pursue legal action prior to negligent conduct. When the statutory period comes to a close, the injured individual no longer has the right to file a lawsuit in the attempt to seek damages or other forms of punitive relief.
There are many facets that apply to a statute of limitations and keeping track of the various limitations and exceptions to any given civil action, so it is extremely difficult to keep track of and understand specifics without the help of legal counsel.
In Michigan, a few of the statutes currently in place are:
In some cases, tolling occurs on a statute of limitations, typically under circumstances where:
- The plaintiff is a minor
- Defendant is in a bankruptcy filing
- The plaintiff is deemed legally insane
- Voluntary dismissal of an action filing
Ask Lee Free
Q: What is the first thing I need to do if I’m filing a claim for an injury sustained at someone’s home?
A: The first thing you are required to do, by law, is inform everyone involved that you will be filing a claim. This is called a summons, which includes important deadlines and the details of the claim being filed.