Michigan Wrongful Death Statute Of Limitations Explained
The Michigan wrongful death statute of limitations is the period of time during which the family of a person who was killed in car accident victim has to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Under Michigan law, a lawsuit must be filed within 3 years of the deceased’s death.
What is the Michigan wrongful death statute of limitations?
Michigan law does not provide a separate statute of limitations that applies only to wrongful death lawsuits involving car accidents. Instead, the general 3-year statute of limitations for all personal injury claims applies.
Specifically, “the period of limitations is 3 years after the time of the death . . . for all actions to recover damages for the death of a person . . .” (MCL 600.5805(2))
Are there any other time limits to be aware of?
Within 30 days of filing a wrongful death accident lawsuit, the personal representative for the deceased’s estate must provide a copy of the complaint and notice to the deceased’s family members who may be entitled to a portion of the proceeds from any wrongful death recovery. (MCL 600.2922(2))
Can the Michigan wrongful death statute of limitations be extended?
If a car accident victim “dies before the period of limitations has run or within 30 days after the period of limitations has run,” his or her estate may file a wrongful death lawsuit “within 2 years after letters of authority are issued although the period of limitations has run.” (MCL 600.5852(1))
Importantly, however, the wrongful death lawsuit “shall not be commenced . . . later than 3 years after the period of limitations has run.” (MCL 600.5852(4))
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