What is the statute of limitations for injury claims in Illinois?

If you have been injured or lost a family member as a result of an accident, you only have a set, statutory time period to file a lawsuit and pursue the compensation you deserve.   Illinois statutory law imposes what is known as a “statute of limitations” on all civil actions.  The statute of limitations for an injury or wrongful death claim is, generally, two years in the state of Illinois.  This time period typically begins on the day you are injured or, in the case of a wrongful death claim, the day your family member dies. 

Some exceptions exist to the date on which the limitations period begins, such as with medical malpractice claims and injuries involving minors.  With medical malpractice claims, the two-year limit begins on the date when you became aware or should have known of the injury.  For children, the statute of limitations will typically not begin until they reach the age of 18 years. 

If you or your family member has been injured as a result of an accident and you have questions about your rights, please call the accident attorneys at Feagans Law Group and allow us to guide your path to justice.