If another person has injured you in some way, you may have a personal injury claim that entitles you to compensation. According to Illinois law, you have to file your claim within a certain time frame. The more you know personal injury deadlines, the more you will understand how to preserve your right to compensation.
Understand Your Deadlines
Personal injury claims have a sort of expiration date called a statute of limitations. You must file your claim before your time runs out. Otherwise, you could lose the opportunity to get the responsible party to pay for your injuries.
In Illinois, personal injury deadlines differ depending on the type of claim. For example, the following deadlines apply:
- Automobile Accidents and Falls – two years from the date of the accident.
- Claims Against City and County Governments – one year from the date of the accident.
- Claims Against the State of Illinois – two years, but you must file a formal claim within one year of the incident.
- Injuries Claimed by Minor – two years from the date the minor turns 18 in most cases.
- Claims by a Minor Against a Government – one year from the minor’s 18th
- Medical Malpractice Claims – two years from the date the injury was discovered or should have been discovered.
Other statutes of limitations may apply to cases involving the federal government, defective products, or people with disabilities. The important thing to remember is that you need to contact an attorney as soon as possible to preserve your right to compensation.
Failing to file a claim or lawsuit before the deadline could mean you have lost your chance for compensation. However, don’t make that decision by yourself. Talk to an experienced attorney because your case may not be over yet.
For assistance, talk with Osvaldo Rodriguez, an experienced Chicago personal injury lawyer, for an honest assessment of your case. Schedule a free consultation by calling us today at 708-716-3441 or by completing the form on our Contact Us page.
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