How long do I have to file an injury claim?
If you or someone you love has been injured because of the negligence or recklessness of another person or entity, you do not have an unlimited amount of time in which to file a personal injury lawsuit in order to seek compensation for your resulting losses. Known as the statute of limitations, individuals have a limited amount of time in which to file a lawsuit, after which point they are no longer able to pursue a claim, regardless of the validity of their case.
Knowing how a statute of limitations works is imperative, as its rules and procedures are complex and the consequences for failing to follow them can be harsh. You must act quickly. Additionally, court rulings can determine the way the statutes apply–and even make them unenforceable. The number of years you have to file a personal injury claim varies from state to state and can range between one year to six years.
In the state of Texas, individuals have 2 years from the date of their injury to file a suit for compensation.