A slip and fall accident can result in painful injuries and even death. Many victims suffer from long-term complications from these injuries, but their time to file a slip and fall lawsuit is limited.
If a person falls due to the negligence of a property owner, the injured person may be entitled to compensation. It is important, however, that the victim act quickly in filing a claim.
The reasons to start a claim quickly include:
- The statute of limitations. Each state has a statute of limitations for filing a slip and fall lawsuit in court. In Illinois, this time period is two years from the date the accident occurred. Once this window has closed, the ability to seek justice in court is gone. Thus, your complaint must be filed in court prior to the expiration of the statute of limitations. As with many laws, there are exceptions to the general rule, so it is important to talk to your slip and fall lawyer about how the statute of limitations may apply to your claim.
- Moving on. Dealing with all the factors that go into a slip and fall claim can be stressful, tiresome, and time-consuming. It may take away from other parts of life. Getting the lawsuit over with quickly will allow the victim to move on with life and put the accident behind her.
- Establishing a solid case. Over time, details tend to get forgotten and misplaced. In a slip and fall case, losing key pieces of evidence can be damaging to the final result. Also, testimonies from individual witnesses will be fresher and more reliable if the case proceeds quickly. It is important that all witnesses and articles used as evidence are presented in a manner that will best support the case.
If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident it is important to act quickly and to contact an attorney experienced in slip and fall accidents at Hupy and Abraham. Call 1-800-800-5678 today to discuss how a slip and fall case works in Illinois and to set up a free consultation.