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The following periods represent a small sample of the statutory limitations periods in Michigan. Please note that it may be possible to bring multiple causes of action from a single incident of wrongful conduct, and thus even if it appears that the relevant statute of limitations has run it may remain possible to bring a different claim. Also, there may be an exception to the standard limitations period that applies to any given situation. The following list is provided by way of example and I don't know your particular situation.
Professional Malpractice: 2 years. Actions for medical malpractice must be filed within that two year period, or within six months of discovery to a maximum of six years following the date of the act or omission giving rise to the injury.
Personal Injury: 3 years for most torts based upon theories of negligence; 2 years for most intentional torts.
Fraud: 6 years.
Libel / Slander / Defamation: 1 year.
Injury to Personal Property: 3 years.
Product Liability: 3 years.
Contracts: 6 years.
Sometimes it is not reasonably possible for a person to discover the cause of an injury, or even to know that an injury has occurred, until considerably after the act which causes the injury. For example, an error in the drafting of a will might not be noticed until the will is being executed, decades after it was drafted, or a financial planner's embezzlement might not be noticed for years due to the issuance of false statements of account.
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