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

On Behalf of | Apr 24, 2014 | Car Accidents

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.