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When to File a Personal Injury Claim in Texas

When you suffer an injury as the result of someone else’s negligence, it can be devastating. 

Fortunately, filing a personal injury claim against the responsible party could allow you to receive financial compensation in the form of a personal injury settlement. 

If you’ve been injured and are considering seeking financial relief, it’s important to keep in mind that the statute of limitations in Texas is a key variable. 

Read on to learn more about when the deadline for filing a claim is in your case. Also, learn about how you can get started with the help of an Austin personal injury lawyer now.

The Deadline to File a Claim in Texas

Filing a personal injury claim can be complex for those who aren’t familiar with the process. One of the ways that you can make yourself ineligible to file a claim is by missing the deadline set by the statute of limitations. 

In Texas, you generally have two years from the date of your accident to file a personal injury claim. 

This is because the state’s statute of limitations effectively sets a date of two years from the date of your accident by law. 

If you try to file a claim after the deadline has already expired, it’s almost certain to be thrown out, as the defendant in the claim can simply ask a judge to dismiss the claim. 

Possible Exceptions to the Rule

There are some limited circumstances under which the statute of limitations may be extended past the general two-year deadline. 

For example, if you don’t become aware of your damages until sometime after the actual date of your injuries, then the date of discovery for your case is later than the date of your accident. In some cases, this could give a judge discretion to extend the deadline for you to submit a claim. 

If you’re unsure about the impact of the statute of limitations on your personal injury claim, you can consult an experienced attorney for insight. 

Personal Injury Claim Compensation

When you file a personal injury claim, the amount and type of compensation you could receive is influenced by factors such as the severity of your injury and the economic and emotional damages you’ve suffered. 

Generally, economic and non-economic damages both could be available to you in a personal injury claim. Economic damages refer to actual financial losses you suffered as the result of your accident, whereas non-economic damages can include things like emotional damages. 

Some examples of both of these include:

  • Loss of salary

  • Medical expenses

  • Loss of enjoyment of life

  • Pain and suffering

  • Loss of spousal consortium

  • Household services

If you’ve suffered any of the above damages or ones like them as the result of a personal injury, an experienced attorney could help you secure a financial settlement from the at-fault party. 

Injured? Don’t Wait until Tomorrow to Take Action

Have you been injured in an accident? Don’t wait until it’s too late to take action for your injuries—contact a personal injury lawyer with Gibbs & Crivelli, Slingshot Law for a free consultation. 

Call 800-488-7840 or visit our website for more information. 

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