What Is the “Statute of Repose” in Illinois Injury Claims?

When you’ve suffered an injury as a result of a defective product, you’re likely wondering what your next steps should be. If you get help from a qualified attorney, you can bring those responsible for causing your injuries to court and obtain the compensation you need to recover without the burden of financial worry.

There are many tort laws that come into play when you’re pursuing a defective product claim, including the statute of repose. Below, we review what the statute of repose is in Illinois injury claims and what it takes to bring your case to court.

Product Liability and the Statute of Repose

The statute of repose is very much like the statute of limitations. The statute of limitations is the law that says how long you have to bring your injury claim to court before the courts will refuse to hear your case. For personal injury claims in Illinois, this is two years from the date of your diagnosed injury or from the date that the accident occurred.

Like the statute of limitations, the statute of repose applies to the building of a structure or when a product was manufactured.

For example, if a driver is injured in a car wreck after their airbag unexpectedly explodes, they will have a defective products claim. The statute of repose clock would start ticking the day the car was purchased.

The statute of repose in Illinois is usually ten years, so as long as the accident occurred within ten years of the date the car was bought, the victim may still be able to file their claim in court. But if the accident occurred, say, twelve years later, the statute of repose may not allow them to pursue damages.

Filing a Claim in Civil Court

Once you’ve established that your injuries occurred within the statute of repose, you can move forward with your claim. Your attorney is going to thoroughly investigate the cause of the accident to determine who is liable for your damages. Then, we’ll gather the evidence we need to support your case.

Finally, we will examine the various ways your life has been affected by your injuries to ensure that you obtain maximum compensation for the injuries you suffered. Often, having a highly trained attorney by your side is the best way to get the compensation you’re entitled to.

Call a Chicago Defective Product Lawyer

Are you ready to hold the at-fault party accountable for what they’ve put you through? If so, get help from an experienced Chicago defective product lawyer at Lane & Lane, LLC. We’ll work tirelessly to build a powerful case in your favor. You can take advantage of your free case review today by completing the brief contact form we’ve included below or by calling our office at 312-332-1400.

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