Is It Too Late for Me to File a Lawsuit in Dallas, TX?
The Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury in Texas
In Texas, all personal injury claims must be filed before a certain amount of time has elapsed. Depending on the nature of your claim, this could be as soon as two years from the date of injury. For this reason, timely action will be a crucial element to the success of your lawsuit.
Fortunately, you can count on the Dallas personal injury attorneys at Lenahan Law Firm to keep this in mind when preparing your claim; however, you should not wait until the last minute. Should you fail to bring suit against the defendant before the statute of limitations expires, you may be barred from recovering any sort of compensation—regardless of whether or not you would have otherwise won the case—so there is no reason why you should wait any longer to get started.
Depending on the nature of your lawsuit, the statute of limitations will be as follows:
- Personal Injury: 2 years from the date of injury
- Professional Malpractice: 2 years from the date of injury
- Products Liability: 2 years from the date of injury
- Wrongful Death: 2 years from the date of death
- Libel / Slander: 1 year from the date of the incident
What if my injuries were not discovered right away?
In some cases, it is not reasonably possible for a victim to discover the cause of their injury, or even recognize that an injury has occurred, until a significant amount of time has passed. Since this could jeopardize one's chances of being able to recover compensation before the statute of limitations expires, a "discovery rule" has been included in the statute. While this rule is not all-encompassing, it may, under certain circumstances, permit a plaintiff to file a lawsuit even after the statute of limitations has run out on their case. For this reason, you should not assume that it is too late to pursue your case until you have had the chance to discuss your claim with a Dallas personal injury lawyer at the Lenahan Law Firm.
Call the Lenahan Law Firm Today for a Free & Confidential Consultation
Wondering if you still have time to file a lawsuit? Find out by speaking with one of the Dallas injury attorneys at our firm. When you contact us today at (888) 473-2820 or fill out a complimentary case evaluation form online, our legal advice won't cost you a dime. That being said, there is no reason why you should wait any longer to take the first step. Time may be running out, so we encourage you to enlist the help of Lenahan Law Firm immediately!