accrual of cause of action

accrual of cause of action
The event whereby a cause of action becomes complete so that the aggrieved party can begin and maintain his cause of action. A cause may accrue at the moment of the wrong, default, or delict by the defendant and the injury to the plaintiff, although the actual damage resulting therefrom may not be discovered until some time afterward, if the injury, however slight, is complete at the time of the act. Eising v Andrews, 66 Court 58, 1 Am J2d Actions § 88. As a general proposition, a cause of action accrues the moment it comes into existence. 34 Am J1st Lim Ac § 113.

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