CTA Injury Cases
“NOTE: THe Illinois legislature has amended the 6 month CTA Notice provision mentioned in the article below. If you have a CTA injury case, consult an attorney IMMEDIATELY to discuss whether your case is exempt from the 6-month notice provision.”
CTA Personal Injury Cases are a Minefield!
6 Month Notice Provision on Cases Against the Chicago Transit Authority Ruin Valid Claims for Injury
At least 6 times per year, I am contacted by someone who is hurt by bad driving or other bad conduct by a CTA employee. And always, at least one or two of those times, I am contacted more than 6 months or more than one year after the accident.
Usually, the injured person doesn’t want to make a big deal about their injury. Maybe they call the CTA to try to resolve the case themselves.
What’s the big deal about 6 months or 12 months, you say? Isn’t the Statute of Limitations (deadline to file a case) usually 2 years in an injury case?
YES, the Ststute of Limiations is Usually 2 years in many types of injury cases.
BUT THE CHICAGO TRANSIT AUTHORITY HAS MORE PROTECTION AGAINST LAWSUITS THAN ANYONE!
That is because there is a Statutory Notice you must provide to the Chicago Transit Authority (actually, 2 different offices at the CTA) within 6 months of your injury. his Notice has strict requirements–miss any information required, or provide incorrect information, or fail to file it within 6 months of your injury–and your personal injury case is over before it has even begun.
Even if you file the Notice and get it 100% correct, you still only have ONE YEAR from the date of your injury to file suit. Not 2 years like most other kinds of 3rd party injury cases.
At least twice a year, I am forced to give the bad news to someone who has been wrongfully hurt by the CTA, that because they did not contact a lawyer or file the Notice or lawsuit, their case is over. And nothing can be done.
That is why I always encourage people to contact a personal injury attorney in Chicago if they have been injured. Although these requirements that apply to the CTA in personal injury claims are the worst, there are all sorts of variations and exceptions in the Statutes of Limitations in all sorts of different cases.
Only qualified attorneys have the training and experience to evaluate your personal injury case and let you know whether you still have time to file a personal injury lawsuit in your injury case.
Chicago Personal Injury Attorney Scott D DeSalvo explains how cases against the CTA (Chicago Transit Authority) are a minefield due to statutory protection that no one else gets.