FAQ: What is a Statute of Limitations?

FAQ: What is a Statute of Limitations?

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What is the statute of limitations in a personal
injury case? Well first of all what is a statute of limitations. It’s a deadline for bringing
a legal claim. In Texas, for injury cases the general rule is that you have two years
from the date of the injury in which to file a lawsuit to assert the legal claim but it’s
one of those rules that there’s lots of exceptions to and unfortunately the exceptions
can be a mind field sometimes for lawyers and their clients. For example in certain
types of claims against the government you actually only have six months to put the government
on notice of the claim and certain limited circumstances you may have three months is
the case involves a minor you may have until the minor reaches the age of majority which
usually is the age of 18 and then plus two years. But if it’s a medical case you might
only have until the minor is 14 or 12 or do you see where I’m going with this? It’s
pretty tricky sometimes so you’ve got a general rule of two years but for a specific
case it’s always wisest to seek legal counsel and get a better answer for the facts of your
individual case.

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