When you have suffered a personal injury caused by someone else’s negligence, you have the right to recover damages. One of the most common questions we receive in regards to personal injury is how long you should wait to file suit. The answer really depends on a few different factors.
Discovery of Injuries
Personal injuries are not always apparent right away. For example, perhaps you were exposed to a toxic agent and it took over the course of months or years to cause serious physical injury such as cancer. Some injuries you feel right away, like a broken bone from a car accident. The time limit to file suit, or the statute of limitations gives rules on how long you can wait to file. Narrow exceptions are made if the injury was not readily apparent.
Personal Injury Statute of Limitations
The statute of limitations is a time limit that caps the amount of time you can wait before you file a lawsuit. In Texas, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases is two years from the date of the injury. If you fail to file your lawsuit before that time, your case will not be heard by the court and you will not be able to recover damages. The longer you wait, the harder it is to collect evidence and witness statements that may help your case.
If you have a personal injury, you need to seek medical attention and call an experienced personal injury attorney. Schedule a consultation and meet with your attorney to devise a legal strategy to get you properly compensated. Your attorney will listen to the facts of your case and help guide you through the process. If you wait too long, it can have a detrimental impact on your case.