After suffering injuries at the hands of a responsible party, the clock begins to tick in Illinois. It is common for a plaintiff not to recognize that an injury may award damages. Due to this, he or she may stall on filing a claim and will not take any immediate action. In other situations, a person may seek to find out more information before he or she makes the decision to file a lawsuit. There are many reasons that a person does not file a personal injury claim right away. The question that often comes up is how long can you wait to file a claim?

According to Illinois’ statute of limitations laws, a person does have a time limit. The purpose of these laws is to make sure that any claims occur when the evidence is still new. It also protects the defendant from being afraid of a lawsuit hanging over his or her head for a non-specific length of time. The statute of limitations depends on the injury itself.

For personal injuries, there is a two-year limit and for injury to property, there is a five-year limit. The time that you should begin calculating usually begins when you suffer the initial injury. However, there are exceptions. Under some circumstances, it only occurs after you discover the injury. There may also be a pause in the statute of limitations of the plaintiff is a minor or if he or she is mentally incompetent during the injury.

None of the above information is legal advice. It is for educational purposes only.