In general, the statute of limitations for a nursing home abuse and neglect suit is 2 years from the date of injury. However, if the nursing home is operated by a local governmental entity, then the statute of limitations is only 1 year.The statute of limitations begins to run when the injured person either knows or reasonably should know that they have been injured and that their injuries were wrongfully caused. In some cases, such as where there is a fall, the occurrence of a traumatic injury starts the statute of limitations running. In other cases, such as where a patient develops bed sores, the statute of limitations can be more difficult to compute. To be safe, you should plan on the earliest possible date in computing the statute of limitations date.In case where a person is under legal disability and cannot handle his or her own legal affairs, the statute of limitations does not run until the disability is lifted. This means that for patients with advanced dementia or Alzheimer’s, there is no real statute of limitations.If you have any questions about when a statute of limitations will expire, you should consult with an experienced Chicago nursing home lawyer.