Last Updated: February 26, 2021

Chicago Accident Attorney BEGS You To Protect Your Case Deadline. 

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Chicago Accident Attorney BEGS You To Protect Your Case Deadline. Do this ONE THING to have a chance in your injury case.

Chicago Accident Attorney Scott DeSalvo here.

There is one thing in every kind of injury case that is SO IMPORTANT that it must be done in every injury case.

The One Way To End Your Case Before It Begins.

Every case has a deadline. Literally, every kind.  Car crash, fall down, work injury, nursing home abuse, dog bite, you name it.

If you miss a deadline, then your case is over.  It is that simple.  A good Chicago Accident attorney calculates and uses a "double calendar" system to make sure that all injury case deadlijnes are noted and cannot be missed.

For example, in my office, I use a spreadsheet to track personal injury case deadlines. I also use a calendar, adn my proprietary Practice Management software to also track the dates.  As a result, we do not get into trouble with deadlines, also usually called "Statutes of Limitations".

What are the Common Deadlines?

I want to warn you: this information is important for you to know but a filing deadline in an injury case is too important NOT to get a free consultation.  Injury lawyers offer a free consultation. I strongly urge you to get a free consultation with a Chicago Accident attorney so a professional can make sure you are using the right deadline for your case.

If you need to talk to a lawyer about your situation or to confirm your deadline, give a free, no obligation call.

Cases that happen in Illinois versus out of State.

Each State has different deadlines.  They are usually similar, but make sure you know eehere you injury happened.  This will probably control which State Statute of Limitations law applies to your injury case.

Car, Truck, Motorcycle, All Motor Vehicle.

In most car crash cases or motor vehicle injury cases, you have two years to file a law suit.  If your case is against a government entity, like a fire department employee, police officer, City worker, or against the CTA, then you have ONE YEAR to file a law suit.  

Cities have special protection so you have less time to file a law suit.  This is why talking to a Chicago Accident lawyer right after your crash is so important.  Your lawyer will do a thorough investigation to find out who ALL of the Defendants are. 

If you bring your case to a lawyer late, you may have already missed a Defendant and missed your opportunity to file a case against them.  And, it also means your lawyer cannot get a settlement for you if they get the case too late.

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Work Injury

Workers Comp cases have two deadlines.

The first is called the "45 day rule".  That means you have 45 days from the date of your at work injury to inform your eemployer about your injury.  This usually isn't a big deal if your boss witnessed or was at work when you got hurt on the job.  

But, sometimes people get hurt and keep quiet about it.  They do not want to make a big deal.  So they do not report the injury until later.  In these cases, reporting your work injury in writing is a good idea.  The Workers Compensation Commission has forms on their website for that. Or your lawyer can send notice for you.

The second deadline in Workers Comp is 3 YEARS from the date of your injury. That is your deadline to file an actual Workers Comp case at the Commission.

If you miss these deadlines, your case could be over.

Fall Down Case and Injury on Property

These deadlines are usually 2 years from the date of your injury.  If you are suing or making an injury case against a City or State, then the one year deadline applies.

Identifying all the people we have to sue (Defendants) can be hard in 'premises liability' cases because corporations hide their ownership of property.  And there is no police report which gives us the name and insurance of driver as in a car accident case.  As a result, we sometimes must file a lawsuit in a slip and fall case to find out who all of the Defendants are.

Of course, a Chicago accident attorney cannot do that if you bring him or her your case near the time deadline.  They do not have enough time to investigate your case or even try to settle it for you without filing a law suit.

That's why I always tell people to get a free case review from an injury lawyer early on, because they are free and you are under no obligation to hire the lawyer.  But you do get free answers to your questions.

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Dram Shop "Bar Fight" Cases

There is a special law called the "Dram Shop" laws. They allow us sue the bar or other person who gives or sells liquor to someone.  Then, if the intoxicated person hurt another person, either in a car crash or bar fight, then you can sue the liquor provider for contributing to drunk person's intoxication.  If you get hurt by the acts of the drunk person, you can use.

The Dram Shop deadline in Illinois is ONE YEAR from the date of the negligence.  But a smart Chicago accident attorney will also sue under other legal theories, too, which have a TWO YEAR deadline.

Nursing Home, Medical Malpractice

These have 2 year deadlines usually.  But there are sometimes ways that the deadline can be extended.

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Other kinds of Injury Cases

Depending on where the accident happened, who is being sued, and what legal theories you will proceed under, your deadline might vary quite a bit.  So consider getting a free consultation with Chicago injury lawyer to know and protect your deadline(s).

How serious can this get?

Let me tell you a story that is a little troubling.

I got a phone call from a lady whose husband died. She is a really nice lady. It really bothered me that she lost her husband. They’ve got a kid at home so the child lost his father. 

She was taking advice from family and friends about not contacting a Chicago accident attorney.  We have discussed it a little bit here.

The deadline for your injury lawsuit depends on the kind of case, who you’re suing and a bunch of circumstances like that.

Her deadline got blown.

She didn’t consult with an attorney.  

She followed family advice and advice from her friends to not get an attorney involved. 

It is really unfortunate for her and her family.

If this lady I spoke with had spoken with even an inexpereinced lawyer, she would have known to do some things to protect her rights.  There are dozens of things to do and to not do if you or a loved one got hurt in an accident.  The most important one is knowing your case deadline.  

I really feel for her and I feel for her family. I really wish there was something I could do for her but these are hard deadlines.

Get Help And Answers For Free

I guess my point is, is you’re not going to be able to figure out these deadlines yourself. And you’re not going to be able to deal with the insurance companies and the lawyers they hire by yourself.  I guess you can, but it will result in a lower settlement or no settlement at all.  ANd you might miss your injury case deadline.

Any Chicago accident attorney like me offer a free consultation.   Honestly, it’s my preference that you contact me obviously because it’s how I make a living. But if you don’t like me or there’s somebody else you want to talk to, if you’ve been involved in an accident please speak with an attorney.

A free consultation means that the phone call is free and that the advice is free. A decent lawyer is going to be able to tell you whether you have a case or not. Also, most importantly they are going to tell you the steps you will have to take to protect your rights.

The last thing I’ll say is if it’s a big complicated case, don’t go to your family bankruptcy lawyer or your divorce lawyer. Make sure you get a referral to aChicago accident attorney who specializes in injury law.

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Why not get a free consultation?

Here how it goes:

  • You call for free (or I can call you).
  • I listen to your story.
  • I answer your questions & concerns.
  • I tell you my plan.
  • You can hire me or not hire me, your choice.
  • Either way, we end up as friends.

Sound good?

Or if you aren't ready to talk toa Chicago accident attorney, you can click the button below. It will take you to a web page where you can tell me about your case there.

I hope you and your family are okay.  I look forward to hearing from you.

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