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How long do I have to file a car accident injury case?

For cases involving car accidents, there is a deadline called the "statute of limitations" that sets the maximum amount of time you have to file a lawsuit. That amount of time will vary depending on the specific facts of your case. Because each case is unique, it is important you immediately consult with an attorney who can evaluate your legal situation and determine the exact deadline that applies to your case.

In general, a lawsuit can be barred forever, even if it is meritorious case, if a complaint is not filed in the courthouse within the certain limitations period. The statute of limitations period for car accidents in Illinois can be as little as one year under some limited circumstances and two years in other circumstances. An article such as this cannot determine the limitations period that applies to your case.

For children under the age of 18, the statute of limitations period can be extended until the child turns 18 plus two years. For people who have a certain type of disability, the statute of limitations period can be extended for as long as that disability remains. Because each case requires its own determination of when the deadline will be, it is very important you consult with an attorney to protect your legal rights.

Law Offices of Mathys & Schneid can help you determine and meet your deadline to file your car accident injury case. We continue to represent people and families whose lives have been impacted by serious personal injury or wrongful death from car accidents, medical negligence, personal injury and other unfortunate circumstances. Law Offices of Mathys & Schneid continue to handle car accident injury cases in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Will and Kendall Counties and all throughout the Chicagoland area.

  1. "Committed To My Cause"

    I was struck by a car while cycling and severely, almost fatally injured. A team of excellent medical professionals performed complicated and extensive surgical and medical procedures as part of a successful effort to restore my health....
    -Jeff D.

  2. "Could not have made a better choice"

    We found Mark [Mathys] through the web after an auto accident in October 2011. While selecting someone you don't know to represent you can be a gamble, we could not have made a better choice....
    - Dave

  3. "Very satisfied"

    Mark [Mathys] is very professional. He responds almost immediately, via email, to any question, comment or concern I have and if he is not able to respond right away, he will let me know. I have been very satisfied with Mark so far and I am happy to be his client.
    -Jennifer

  4. "Easy to talk to"

    Mr. Mathys and Mr. Schneid were very professional and easy to talk to. Prior to working with them, my wife and I had no real experience with the legal system beyond a house closing, yet Mr. Mathys and Mr. Schneid explained the whole process to us very well. I knew that whenever I had a concern about our case or the legal system in general I could call their office or send an email and receive answers the same day... -Larry

  5. "Provided very wise advice"

    I've dealt with attorneys on a variety of issues, almost all of them since leaving college and entering the workplace. Mr. Mathys was the first attorney I had any real experience with, and I was impressed then and remain so. He provided very wise advice and always kept me informed. In the end, he delivered a favorable result. I recommend him highly.
    - Tyler D.

  6. "In-depth knowledge of the law"

    Mark [Schneid] is an excellent and skilled attorney and demonstrated in-depth knowledge of the law when he helped settle my dog bite lawsuit resulting from a traumatic incident. He explained what was needed of me and how I should handle the situation in a professional manner.
    - Karen K.

  7. "They went to bat for me"

    Not long ago I was involved in a car accident where I was hit by a gravel truck at an intersection. After I called Mathys & Schneid, even though I didn't have a very large case, they made me feel like I was one of their most important cases. They went to bat for me with the trucking company's insurance and got me a settlement. I would definitely recommend them to my family and friends. -Dan H.

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