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How Long Do I Have to File a Personal Injury Lawsuit in Illinois?

On Behalf of | Aug 21, 2023 | Firm News |

If you or a family member have been injured due to the fault of another, you may be entitled to compensation. However, statutes of limitations set up a time limit within which a lawsuit must be filed after an injury occurs. If a lawsuit is filed after the statute of limitations has passed, meaning the time limit has expired, then the person whom the lawsuit is filed against can ask the court to dismiss the lawsuit on the grounds that it is untimely.

In the state of Illinois, the statute of limitations for most personal injury cases is two years from the date of the injury. While there are some legal doctrines that can extend the statute of limitations, the exceptions should not be relied on. Instead, lawsuits should be filed in a timely manner. If you don’t comply with the statute of limitations when filing a lawsuit, you could lose the right to bring your claim.

It can be difficult to determine which statute of limitations applies to your specific claim and whether an exception could apply in your circumstances. To ensure the best possible outcome, it is advisable to consult with a personal injury attorney as soon as possible after the occurrence of the accident. We recommend you contact us as soon as you have been injured for a free consultation by calling 312-781-0082 to speak with a member of our team.