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Typically, you have two years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit. The time limit to file a lawsuit is called a “statute of limitations”.
There are many different statutes of limitations for various situations. Most injury claims allow you two years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit unless it is against a governmental agency in which case it is one year (for a claim against the State of Illinois you have one year to file a notice of claim and then three years to file a claim). Medical malpractice claims must be filed two years from when you knew or should have known you had a case with a maximum of four years from the date of the malpractice (8 years in the case of a minor).
If you are under the age of 18, you have from your 18th birthday plus whatever the statute of limitations time is for your situation. Finally, if the person is under a legal disability the statute of limitations is tolled, or stopped, until the disability is lifted.
If you have further questions or need advice, contact Malman Law’s reliable injury accident attorneys in Chicago today!