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 then 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.

Description Statute
Personal Injury, 2 years 735 Ill. Comp. Stat. 5/13-202
Wrongful Death, 2 years 740 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 years 735 Ill. Comp. Stat. 5/13-213(d)
Assault and Battery, 2 years 735 Ill. Comp. Stat. 5/13-202
False Imprisonment, 2 years 735 Ill. Comp. Stat. 5/13-202
Libel, 1 year 735 Ill. Comp. Stat. 5/13-201
Medical Malpractice, 2 years 735 Ill. Comp. Stat. 5/13-212
Property Damage, 5 years 735 Ill. Comp. Stat. 5/13-205
Slander, 1 year 735 Ill. Comp. Stat. 5/13-201
Fraud, 5 years 735 Ill. Comp. Stat. 5/13-205
Contract (oral or not in writing), 5 years 735 Ill. Comp. Stat. 5/13-205
Trespass, 5 years 735 Ill. Comp. Stat. 5/13-205
Contract (in writing), 10 years 735 Ill. Comp. Stat. 5/13-206
Enforcing Court Judgments, 20 years 735 Ill. Comp. Stat. 5/13-218