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Timeline of an Illinois Sexual Abuse Lawsuit

  • Are you looking into filing a lawsuit for sexual assault in the state of Illinois? You might be wondering what the process is like, as well as how long your case will take from beginning to end.

    Every case is unique, so it’s impossible to know exactly how long your case will take from commencement to settlement or award. However, learning about the process of filing a sexual assault lawsuit can give you an idea of how long it may take to win your lawsuit.


    The Process of Filing a Sexual Abuse Lawsuit in Illinois

    The first step in filing a lawsuit is investigation and evidence collection. You must be able to prove the sexual assault took place. Evidence such as witness statements, police reports, physical evidence of the assault, and medical evidence can all help you to build a strong case.

    If you’ve already completed that step, then you can move on to preparing your lawsuit paperwork. This step can take some time. Putting together your case is a vital step. Once you’ve filed your paperwork, you can expect to wait a few months for the court to set a date for your trial.

    If you opt to try settlement negotiation, instead of going to court, your case could move more quickly. Generally, reaching a settlement can take anywhere from six months to a year, depending on how much evidence you have and how strong your sexual abuse case is.

    If your sexual abuse lawsuit does go to court, it could take a year to several years. If there are other sexual assault victims involved, it unfortunately could take even longer.


    Contact an Illinois Sexual Abuse Lawyer

    For further information about filing a sex abuse lawsuit, or to discuss your case with a sexual abuse lawyer during a free, initial case assessment, contact Lane & Lane, LLC directly at 312-332-1400. You’re welcome to also visit our website to learn more about filing a sexual abuse lawsuit in Illinois.