Q: How long do I have before I have to file my personal injury case?
A: This is a great question. You may have heard of the term “statute of limitations.” This simply refers to the time limit you have to take legal action regarding the incident. According to Illinois law, different statute of limitations apply depending on the type of accident that occurred. For example, if you’re driving a private passenger car and a person in another private passenger car runs into you, you have two years from the date of your injury to take legal action.
But if there was a government entity involved in the accident, this changes. Say that you’re riding on a Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) bus when you get injured. Under these circumstances, you only have one year to file your case. There are many other special provisions depending on the type of the case, but the important takeaway is this: once the statute of limitations ends, you lose your right to bring your claim to the court.
If you’re unsure about the statute of limitations or any other detail about your case, reach out to me. You need to know the exact details, deadlines, and laws that apply to your case so that you don’t lose your right to seek the recovery you need.