For those that are unfamiliar with the term, a ‘Statute of Limitations‘ is a time limit, set by law, which says that after a certain amount of time, no legal action can be taken for timeline limitations in a personal injury lawsuit.
The term applies to both criminal and civil actions, such as personal injury lawsuits, but for obvious reasons, we will limit our discussion here, to how they apply to civil law and can affect your ability to collect damages if you should be injured due to the negligence of others.
According to Texas law, in the majority of cases, you have two years from the time that you discover an injury to file an insurance claim or a civil lawsuit. The exceptions to this rule are when a municipality is involved in the case or where contract law may come into play, such as a case involving a cruise ship. Then your allotted time may be as short as six months.
It may be possible for your attorney to get these deadlines extended, but the odds are very slim and to be honest, you should probably consider the clock to be ticking, as soon as an accident occurs. Damages or injuries that are not documented for seven days can appear very suspicious to a jury making it more difficult for you to recover a settlement.
That is why we always recommend that you get a full medical exam and contact a qualified personal injury attorney as soon as an accident occurs.
Beyond these reasons is a simple truth that the longer you wait, the more difficult you make a life for your attorney.
As the old saying goes “Rome wasn’t built in a day” and neither is a personal injury case.
Many times, in the aftermath of an accident, especially one that resulted in a life-altering injury, it can be difficult for people to regain their mental and emotional bearings enough to once get on with life. Unfortunately, the law can be a very unforgiving mistress, with little to no regard for personal feelings or circumstances. As is often quoted, “The law is the law; nothing more and nothing less.” To give your personal injury lawyer the best opportunity to help you have the greatest chance of recovering the damages that you are entitled to, remember that time is of the essence and act sooner, rather than later.
If you have been injured due to the negligence of others in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and would like to speak with an attorney specializing in personal injury law, contact 844-308-8180 for a free consultation.
Thompson Law receives an attorney fee and you pay no legal fees as our client unless we pay you. Thompson Law has 350 years of combined experience in legal representation and has won over $1.8 billion dollars in cash settlements for our clients. We master the art of managing client cases with empathy, compassion, respect and, of course, prodigious skill. Contact us today for a free, risk-free consultation to discuss your accident and your options.
State law limits the time you have to file a claim after an auto accident. If you have been injured in an accident, call now to get the help you need.