Understanding Statutes of Limitations in Personal Injury Cases

If you are injured due to another person’s negligence, it is crucial to know the statute of limitations that may apply. In Illinois, generally, you have two years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury claim. However, the statute of limitations varies depending upon the type of case that you are pursuing. Failing to abide by the statute of limitations results in your case being barred. As an example, if you are injured as a result of a slip and fall, the statute may be two years if it is against a private individual and/or entity but it may be 1 year if it is against a city or municipality. In any given case, there may be different statutes of limitations that apply to different parties. The application of statute of limitations ensures prompt and timely resolution of legal disputes when the evidence and witness testimony is available. To ensure that you comply with the Illinois statute of limitations, it is essential to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney who can assess your case, identify the time constraints, and guide you through the legal process. If you have any questions about a case and the applicable statute of limitations, please contact our law firm.