Medical malpractice lawsuits can be filed if injuries or death has resulted due to medical negligence of a medical professional or a hospital. It is important to know what the statute of limitations is with regard to medical malpractice claims in the state of Illinois. The time frame to file a medical malpractice lawsuit varies in every state, but in general the time frame is short. Therefore, it is best to seek the counsel of a medical malpractice attorney immediately.From the time of the injury, you have 2 years to file a medical malpractice claim in Illinois. For example, if you were injured on March 1, 2009 then you would have until March 1, 2011 to file your claim.However, sometimes you may not immediately discover your injury. In that case, you must file your medical malpractice lawsuit within 4 years from the date the action which led to your injury occurred.If the injured party is under the age of 18, then the limitation period for filing a medical malpractice lawsuit extends to 8 years from the date of the action that led to the injury. However, a lawsuit cannot be filed after an injured party has reached 22 years old, even if it is within the 8 year limit. Additionally, if the victim of medical malpractice is mentally incompetent, the time limit for filing a medical malpractice claim does not begin until the disability has been removed.Contacting a Chicago Medical Malpractice LawyerAt the Law Offices of Barry G. Doyle, P.C, our Chicago medical malpractice attorneys will examine all aspects of your claim, determine liability, and aggressively pursue the full amount of compensation due to you or your loved one for any injuries or loss of life due to medical malpractice. Contact us today for a free case evaluation – 312-263-1080.