Were you involved in an injury-causing accident in Texas? Was the accident caused by another party’s negligence or wrongful act? If so, you may have the legal right to file a lawsuit and receive compensation.
While this is true, it doesn’t mean that you have this right forever. In fact, there’s a set amount of time you have to file a personal injury lawsuit after an accident. The official term for this is “statute of limitations.”
If you don’t adhere to the statute of limitations in place for Texas personal injury cases, then you will forfeit your right to recover compensation. Because of this, it is essential that you know how much time you have to ensure you act quickly.
It’s also wise to get in touch with our legal team at Burkett Law Firm. We can review the facts of the case and help you recover the compensation you are entitled to.
The Statute of Limitations for Texas Personal Injury Lawsuits
The statute of limitations for filing a personal injury lawsuit in Texas is two years from when the accident occurs. What this means is that you have to have the lawsuit filed in court within two years of the event that resulted in your injuries.
You may wonder what will happen if the statute of limitations passes for you to file a personal injury lawsuit. If you don’t file the lawsuit within this set amount of time, you will not be able to recover compensation – at all. This is true even if you have a valid claim.
Because of the limited amount of time you have to file a claim, it’s imperative that you act immediately after an accident occurs. By doing this, you can feel confident that you have preserved your rights and that you can recover the compensation you need to recover.
Are There Any Exceptions to the Texas Statute of Limitations?
Even though two years is considered the standard amount of time you have to file a personal injury claim, there are a few exceptions. One is if the personal injury occurred because of:
- Injuries related to silica
- Injuries related to asbestos
Additionally, if you are under legal disability, then the statute of limitations to file a personal injury claim in Texas may be longer. It’s best to get in touch with our law firm to know if these exceptions apply to your situation.
Deadline Changes When Filing a Lawsuit Against the Government
If your claim is against a government entity, it’s required that you provide notice of the claim within six months of the incident’s date. In this notice, you must include the following information:
- What happened (the incident)
- Where and when the incident took place
- The damages or injuries you claim you suffered
Don’t Wait to Get in Touch with Our Legal Team
Being injured in an accident can drastically impact and change your life. While this is true, you have rights. We recommend getting in touch with us and setting up a free initial legal consultation. At Burkett Law Firm, you will find a team of experienced legal professionals who will use this expertise and available resources to help you recover the maximum amount of compensation for your injury claim.