Illinois Statute of Limitations-Attorney Robert Edens With Offices in Antioch, Barrington, Grayslake & Waukegan
What is the Statute of Limitations in Illinois?
STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS: Protect your legal rights. Don’t run out of time to file a lawsuit!
The “Statute of Limitations” (SOL) is a law that sets a strict time limit on when a legal claim or action may be commenced. After the SOL has expired the legal action (lawsuit) is forever barred — No Exceptions.
In Illinois, the SOL for many types of personal injury cases is two (2) years from the date of the incident. However, there are exceptions to this time limit depending upon the facts involved. To determine the statute of limitations of your case, you should immediately consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer who can tell you specifically when the statute of limitations will expire on your case. DO NOT WAIT TO CONSULT WITH OR HIRE AN ATTORNEY. OUR CONSULTATION IS ALWAYS FREE AND IF YOU DO NOT WIN YOUR CASE YOU WILL OWE NOTHING. You have everything to gain and nothing to lose. If your SOL doesn’t expire for a long time, you may still want to promptly hire an attorney to protect or maximize the value of your claim and increase the odds of a favorable outcome. An experienced attorney will know how to get you the most money for your injuries. In almost all cases, that is 30-60% more money for you after the deductions of fees.
It is a dangerous practice to wait until the statute of limitations period is about to expire before filing a personal injury lawsuit. If the lawsuit is filed right before the deadline unforeseen obstacles can arise. For example, the defendant is out of town and cannot be served. If the defendant cannot be located or if the wrong defendant is served, the case will be dismissed and the injured person gets nothing.
In fact, it is for this reason that many attorneys will not accept a case when the statute of limitations is about to run out because there may be insufficient time to locate and personally serve the proper defendants, plus there may be inadequate time to investigate your claim properly. The lesson: don’t wait until it is too late and the statute of limitations (SOL) is about to run out before you protect your rights.
In many cases, the experienced personal injury attorney who is hired early in the claims process can help you avoid mistakes that may harm your case and perform work to greatly enhance the value of your claim.
Call Bob Edens at 847-395-2200