When people are injured in accidents as a result of another’s negligence,
they cannot wait several years to file a lawsuit. Instead, the injured
party must file a lawsuit within Texas’ statute of limitations.
What is a statute of limitations? It is a law that prevents someone from
initiating a lawsuit after a set time period has passed.
Let’s say that five years ago you were visiting a home and you tripped
on a damaged stair, fell down 20 steps and suffered a traumatic brain
injury. To this day, you still suffer from confusion, memory loss, headaches,
and concentration problems.
Today you decide to file a lawsuit against the property owner because you
can no longer afford your medical bills and, you’re having difficulty
holding down a job because of your injuries. Unfortunately, in Texas the
statute of limitations for personal injury is two years. Since you would
be filing your lawsuit three years
after the statute of limitations passed, you wouldn’t have a case.
Two Year Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury
Under Sec. 16.003 of the Civil Practice and Remedies Code, there is a two
year statute of limitations for personal injury lawsuits. This means that
an injured person must bring a lawsuit within two years of the date of
the accident, otherwise they forfeit their right to file a claim.
In Texas, the two year statute of limitations applies to:
- Medical malpractice
- Personal injury
- Injury to property
- Product liability
- Wrongful death
If you, or someone you love has been injured in an
auto accident, a
motorcycle accident, by a
defective product, or while visiting another’s property, it is crucial that you take
the necessary steps to file a claim within the statute of limitations.
Even though you technically have two years to file a suit, the sooner you
file the better. As time passes, evidence gets lost and witnesses’
memories get diluted. By acting quickly, we can get to work building a
solid case that will give you the greatest chances of obtaining the best
possible settlement or verdict.
If you have been injured anywhere in Dallas, Fort Worth, Plano or Frisco,
contact the Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC to schedule a meeting with an experienced member
of our legal team!