How Long do I Have to File Suit After a Slip and Fall Accident?

Slip and Fall Accident

Slip and fall accidents are common. Often, they result in minor or inconsequential injuries. Sometimes, they result in more.

Injuries that can occur in a slip and fall accident include:

  • Head and Neck Injury
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Broken or Fractured Bones

Falls lead to nearly half of all traumatic brain injury hospitalizations and are the leading cause of this debilitating injury.

What is the Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury in Missouri?

Victims of slip and fall accidents can hold the party responsible for their injury accountable and seek damages for medical expenses, lost wages, personal pain and suffering, and more. However, you must act within a specific timeframe to prevent losing your right to file suit.

In Missouri, you have five years from the date of your slip and fall accident to file a personal injury lawsuit. Waiting longer than this period will eliminate your right to seek compensation beyond the settlement offer from an insurance company.

What is the Statute of Limitations in Illinois?

Illinois is nowhere near as generous with its statute of limitations following a slip and fall accident. In the Land of Lincoln, you have two years from the date of your accident to file a personal injury lawsuit.

Two years may seem like sufficient time, but it is best to take action immediately following an injury. Insurance companies will encourage you to accept their offer and may even pressure you into believing it is your only option. Before you say “yes” to an insurance offer, talk to one of our lawyers and learn what your case is truly worth.

We are Here to Help

The attorneys at Brown & Brown have decades of experience helping victims of serious injury get fair compensation. We are here to listen to your story, help you understand your rights, and provide legal counsel on your next best moves.

To schedule a free case review at our St. Louis office, please call 618-888-8888. If you have been injured in Illinois, please contact our Fairview Heights office at 314-333-3333. Brown & Brown serves victims of serious injury throughout the Greater St. Louis area.

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