How Long Do I Have to File a Claim in Texas?

So, you've been injured by the negligence or stupidity of someone else; how long do you have to bring a claim?

Hi, I'm Brad Parker, the attorney you want but hope you never need and this is another edition of Bar Talk.  Give me 90 seconds and I'll give you the answer.

So, you've been injured as a result of the negligence of somebody else; how long do you have to bring a claim? Well the technical answer is two years from the date of the injury, typically, that is in Texas. That's the same for a dog bite, a car wreck, a trucking accident, a swimming pool accident; basically, any type of accident wherein it was somebody else's fault that you got hurt.

However, you should never wait that long. Things can happen over that period of time - the defendant could disappear, they could move out of state, they could just not be easy to locate.  Likewise, by letting time go by you let evidence and memories fade and it's so important that you get involved early in a case so that you can start collecting the names of witnesses, gathering evidence and preserving what you're going to need in order to be successful in your claim.

So, the bottom line is this - while you have two years to bring your claim, typically, that is in Texas you have two years, you don't want to wait that long.  You need to consult with a board certified personal injury attorney as soon as possible and figure out exactly what your rights are and what type of evidence and witnesses you need to start gathering to best preserve your claim.

I hope this has been of some help to you.  I'm Brad Parker the attorney you want but hope you never need and this has been another edition of Bar Talk. Until next time.

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