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How long do I have to file a dog bite lawsuit?

All dog bite cases involving an injury have a stature of limitations for filing a lawsuit against the responsible party. Your failure to initiate a lawsuit or settle a case with the statutory period will forever bar your claim for recovery.Generally, the statute of limitations applies to the state where the incident occurred.



In Illinois, personal injury cases, such as dog bite attacks, must be filed within two years of the incident. The statute of limitations for minors injured by a dog is extended. Generally, a child bitten by a dog has until their twentieth birthday to file a lawsuit.

While the applicable statute may seem a long way away following the initial attack, it is in your best interest to at least begin the investigative process as soon as feasible following an attack. Determining the owner of the animal involved and securing statements from witnesses can take longer than expected.

Even if you decide to take no action following a dog bite attack– you should be aware of your legal options so you may make an informed decision about your legal rights.

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