Statute of Limitations
There is a statute of limitations (i.e., a legal time clock) in Michigan
that limits the time in which an injured patient has to bring a lawsuit. If
this time period expires before a lawsuit is filed, the claim will be barred
forever. The general rule in medical malpractice cases is that an injured
patient must sue within 2 years from the date of the medical mistake. This
short time period may be extended briefly in limited circumstances such as where
the injury is not discovered until later, or the patient dies and a court-appointed
representative prosecutes the claim.
There many legal and technical requirements that must be met before a lawsuit
can be filed and the legal time clock stopped. Consequently, it is important
for anyone who wishes to pursue a medical malpractice claim to consult and
retain an experienced medical malpractice lawyer immediately.