It can take a long time for you or a loved one to fully recover physically and mentally from a personal injury. Whether you're involved in a traffic accident or you're the victim of medical malpractice, the damage can be devastating and long-lasting.

Unfortunately, time is not always on your side when it comes to pursuing a personal injury case. The law mandates a specific window of time - known as the statute of limitations - in which you can file a lawsuit. Once this window closes, you will lose your opportunity to recover damages from your injury.

Statutes of limitations vary by state and by the type of case.


In Missouri, plaintiffs can file a personal injury lawsuit based on negligent conduct up to five years. For personal injuries resulting from intentional misconduct, the statute of limitations is two years.

Generally, medical malpractice cases in Missouri carry a statute of limitations of two years from the date the misconduct that led to the personal injury occurred.


Illinois plaintiffs generally have two years to file a personal injury lawsuit. Medical malpractice cases can have up to a four-year limit.

It's important to remember that there may be exceptions to these time limits depending on the details of your case. The laws are also subject to change. Consulting with a personal injury attorney as soon as possible will help you determine the best course of action for your case.

The Eason Law Firm has a proven track record of getting clients the compensation they deserve. We have represented victims of car wrecks, truck accidents, workplace injuries, medical malpractice, wrongful death suits and other personal injury claims in Missouri and Illinois.

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