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What Are Time Limits for Filing a Slip and Fall Lawsuit?

Written by Ankin Law Office

Slip and fall accidents are one of the most common type of premises liability lawsuits. Under the legal theory of premises liability, a property owner or manager can be held liable for accidents and injuries that occur on their property. Although slip and fall accidents are among the most common premises liability accidents, premises liability also covers that following types of accidents:

  • Stairway Accidents
  • Elevator Accidents
  • Porch & Balcony Defects
  • Building Collapse
  • Falling Merchandise
  • Fire & Smoke Injuries
  • Negligent Security
  • Swimming Pool Accidents
  • Toxic Chemicals
  • Code Violations

If you have been injured in a slip and fall, or other premises liability accident, you may be able to collect money damages by filing a personal injury lawsuit. The time limitation – or statute of limitations – on when you can file a slip and fall lawsuit varies depending on where the slip and fall accident took place.

If you fell on the privately-owned property – such as a restaurant, retail store, hotel, or private home – you must file a claim within two years of the date of the accident. If, on the other hand, you fell on a publicly-owned property – such as a city park, a public school, a government building, or a city sidewalk – a premises liability lawsuit must be filed within one year of the accident.

Contact our office at (312) 600-0000 to schedule a free consultation with one of our Chicago slip and fall lawyers to learn more about filing a slip and fall lawsuit.

Categories: Personal Injury