Important Information About Statutes of Limitations

Strict Statutes of Limitations in Lake and McHenry, IL Counties

“Statutes of limitations” are laws that set time limits on how long you have to file a “civil” lawsuit, in particular a personal injury lawsuit. These laws vary from state to state, but in Illinois these time limits begin on the actual date of your accident; in most cases. For example, if you were in a car accident on December 1st in 2012 than you would have until November 30, 2014 to file a claim in Illinois. Once the claim is filed, there is no time limit on how long you have to reach a settlement or win your lawsuit. If the statute of limitations has expired, also known as “run,” you are permanently barred from filing a claim forever.

DON’T LET THE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS RUN OUT ON YOU!!

Below are the statutes of limitations in Illinois for various civil claims and crimes. The list doesn’t cover everything. If you have a question about a potential claim, please don’t hesitate to call Attorney Robert Edens at 847-395-2200 and he will personally discuss the details of your case.

Note: You can view the complete list of Illinois’ Statute of Limitation at 735 Ill. Comp. Stat. 5/Art. XIII. You need to scroll through the page provided to find the code sections listed below. You can also find the statute of limitations for civil claims or “causes of action” which are not listed below.

DescriptionStatute
Personal Injury, 2 years735 Ill. Comp. Stat. 5/13-202
Wrongful Death, 2 years740 Ill. Comp. Stat. 180/2
Legal Malpractice, 2 or 6 years (Depending on when the victim “discovered” the malpractice)735 Ill. Comp. Stat. 5/13-214.3
Product Liability, 2 years735 Ill. Comp. Stat. 5/13-213(d)
Assault and Battery, 2 years735 Ill. Comp. Stat. 5/13-202
False Imprisonment, 2 years735 Ill. Comp. Stat. 5/13-202
Libel, 1 year735 Ill. Comp. Stat. 5/13-201
Medical Malpractice, 2 years735 Ill. Comp. Stat. 5/13-212
Property Damage, 5 years735 Ill. Comp. Stat. 5/13-205
Slander, 1 year735 Ill. Comp. Stat. 5/13-201
Fraud, 5 years735 Ill. Comp. Stat. 5/13-205
Contract (oral or not in writing), 5 years735 Ill. Comp. Stat. 5/13-205
Trespass, 5 years735 Ill. Comp. Stat. 5/13-205
Contract (in writing), 10 years735 Ill. Comp. Stat. 5/13-206
Enforcing Court Judgments, 20 years735 Ill. Comp. Stat. 5/13-218