Don’t Lose Your Legal Right To File A Personal Injury Lawsuit
In Illinois, you have a limited amount of time in which to bring a personal injury lawsuit to recover damages for injuries sustained in an accident. These time limits — known as statutes of limitations — set strict deadlines for filing lawsuits in civil court. And if you miss them, you can expect a court to refuse to hear your case.
This means that if you wait too long to file suit, you may forever be barred from seeking compensation from the negligent party in a court of law. As a result, it’s extremely important to understand how the statutes apply to your particular situation.
You Need An Experienced Attorney To Look At Your Case
At The Jasmer Law Firm, we have been representing personal injury victims in the Greater Chicago area since 1996. We have a reputation for setting the standard in personal injury representation and treating clients — and their situations — with respect, professionalism and true passion.
With over $90 million in settlements and verdicts obtained for our clients, we won’t settle for less than what’s due and what’s fair. We aren’t afraid to go to verdict and we don’t churn and burn through our cases like other personal injury law firms. This dedication to our clients starts from the beginning — from garnering a deep understanding of the case to knowing the propensities of our opponent to respecting the legally imposed deadline for filing a lawsuit with the court.
How Long Do You I Have To Bring A Claim?
In Illinois, there are different statutes of limitations depending on the type of case being filed. At The Jasmer Law Firm, we understand the interplay between these statutes and are able to determine the statute that applies to your case and the appropriate time to file your lawsuit.
It’s important to keep the applicable statute of limitations always in sight — even if negotiations are underway with the defendant during settlement discussions. Illinois has several statutes dealing with deadlines for filing a lawsuit, including:
- Personal injuries — Actions for damages related to personal injuries must be filed within two years of the date the action accrued. The accrual date is often a point of contention — sometimes it’s the date the underlying incident occurred, sometimes it’s the date you discovered you were injured.
- Wrongful death — A wrongful death suit must be filed within the time limit set for the underlying case (two years in a personal injury case) or within one year of the decedent’s death, whichever is later.
- Claims against the government — If you have a case against a city or county, the statute of limitations period is one year. If you have a case against the state, the limitations period is two years, but you must file a formal claim with the city within one year of the incident to bring suit.
- Tolling — Some situations can cause the statute of limitations to toll, or stop running, thereby extending the filing deadline beyond the statutory period. One example is if the person entitled to bring the action is under 18 or suffering from a legal disability.
Don’t miss the deadline and be left without a legal remedy for your injuries. Contact The Jasmer Law Firm for a free consultation with a lawyer regarding your case. Call 312-386-7011 or 866-920-6021 today.