Personal Injury

If you or a loved one has been injured, you already know that getting hurt is no laughing matter. Serious injuries can happen at the most unexpected times and in the most unexpected ways. Along with trying to physically heal, you’re faced with the task of dealing with insurance companies, repairing or replacing your property, and trying to recover a settlement to cover your expenses. It can be a lot to do alone — so don’t.

Personal Injury FAQ

Because personal injury is such a wide-reaching practice area, you’re bound to have several questions about the details of your case. Below, I’ve answered two common questions I receive from my clients regarding personal injury cases. If your question isn’t covered here, don’t hesitate to reach out to me for professional guidance.

Q: If I slipped and fell in a store because of something that spilled or was left behind by an employee, could the store be liable for my injuries?

A: They could be. In Illinois, a person who goes into a place of business is considered an invitee. A business owner breaches their duty to an invitee who slips on a substance if one of the following is true:

  • The substance was placed there by the negligence of the business
  • An employee knew of its presence
  • The substance was there for a sufficient length of time that its presence should have been discovered

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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.

Personal Injury Attorney in Chicago, IL

If you are struggling to get back up after an injury, let an experienced Chicago area attorney help you. Each case and injury is different, so you need someone who knows the value of your case to be able to reach the best outcome. I’m available 24 hours a day for a free consultation, so contact me today about your case.