The Statute of Limitations, Explained.
A law establishing the time limit within which a lawsuit must be brought is called a statute of limitation. Different types of cases have different statutes of limitation.
Knowing which statute of limitation applies is critical, since if a lawsuit is not brought within the time limit that applies to the case, the right to sue and recover damages is forever lost. The statute of limitations for a personal injury lawsuit is usually relatively short and subject to a number of factors.
What is The Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury in Illinois?
According to Illinois Civil Procedure Code (735 ILCS 5 13 202), the Illinois statute of limitations for personal injury is generally limited to two years from the date of an injury.
This is a major contrast to several other neighboring states, many of which hold a case from being time-barred (that is to say, prevented from being heard as a result of too much time passing) until three years from the date of injury.
The Personal Injury Statute of Limitations In Your Case May Have Exceptions
In certain cases, there are also different exceptions that may apply for each type of case which may extend the statute of limitations.
Of course, regardless of the possible availability of an exception, it is always beneficial to bring a lawsuit as soon as it is practical to do so, since the availability (and memory) of witnesses to an accident and related physical evidence is much greater shortly after an accident than after years have passed.
Don’t let your case run out of time—contact an attorney today.
It is critical that you contact an attorney immediately after suffering any injury so that the appropriate statute of limitations for your personal injury case can be determined.
At The Law Offices of Goldfine & Bowles, we make sure to explore all aspects of your case as soon as possible to ensure that no claims are lost as a result of untimely action.