When you are hurt in a mass transit accident, one of the first things you will probably do is seek medical care for your injuries. Because medical care isn't usually free, you will likely start to get bills in for the medical care you receive. Not only can these medical bills be a bother as you try to recover from your injuries, they can also cause serious damage to your finances and possibly your credit. One way that you might be able to do away with the irritation of these bills and the havoc they can cause is to seek compensation for your injuries.
The truth of the matter is that seeking compensation for damages when you are injured in a mass transit accident, such as a CTA accident or a Metra accident, can be rather complex. Not only do you have to know how to seek compensation, you also have to have an understanding of the laws governing these claims. One of the considerations you have to think about is how the statute of limitation affects your case.
In Illinois, complainants making complaints about personal injury damages have two years to file their complaint from the date of the accident. There are some cases in which the time for filing a claim won't start on the day of the accident. This is called the "discovery of harm" rule, according to FindLaw. When this rule applies, the statute of limitation might be longer than two years from the date of the accident.
Knowing about the statute of limitation, as well as other laws that apply to your case, can help you to effectively make your case for damages known. Because these laws can be complex, seeking answers to your questions might help you through the process.
Source: FindLaw, "Time Limits to Bring a Case: The "Statute of Limitations"" Aug. 10, 2014