There is a time limit known as the “statute of limitations” for filing any type of personal injury lawsuit in Texas. In most cases, victims harmed by another’s negligent actions or their failure to act have two years to bring a claim. The failure to do so within the allotted time will typically cost you your right to obtain any amount of compensation. Personal Injury Statute of Limitations in Texas Under Tex. Civ. Prac. & Rem. Code section 16.003., the two years designated for personal injury victims to file a lawsuit typically begins on the date the accident occurred. It is usually in your best interest to begin the claims process relatively soon after your injuries have occurred. However, that does not mean that you should resolve your claim before you have reached “maximum medical improvement” (MMI) or understand the total value of your case. If you have suffered serious harm, most personal injury lawyers would advise that you wait to settle a claim until you fully recover and know the full implications of your injury. If your claim is against a Texas state or local government employee or agency, you must file a formal claim with the government unit within six months of the accident. Since the timeline and filing requirements are more stringent for personal injury claims against the government, it is vital to speak to an attorney immediately after the accident to ensure your rights are protected. What If You Miss the Two Year Deadline? In general, there’s no way around the statute of limitations. If you wait until after the statute of limitations to file a personal injury claim has expired, the party you are attempting to sue will typically file a “motion to dismiss.” Pointing out that the statute of limitations has run will almost always result in your case being dismissed unless a rare exception applies to your claim entitling you to more time. The personal injury statute of limitations in Texas was established to streamline the legal process. That way, lawsuits are not brought to the courts several years after the incident occurred and after much of the significant evidence has been lost. Exceptions to Texas’ Personal Injury Statute of Limitations Several scenarios may temporarily stop the clock and extend Texas’ deadline to file a personal injury claim. These circumstances can include: The injured person is under the age of 18, or as described by Texas law — under a legal disability The injured person is not of sound mind The party who allegedly caused the injury leaves the State of Texas. The clock will begin running once the injury victim turns 18 or becomes mentally competent or once the party returns to Texas. The period of the responsible party’s absence will not count as part of the two-year statute. We Can Help If you believe you have a personal injury claim, speak to a trusted Houston Personal Injury Lawyer before the statute of limitations runs out. Call (713) 489-4270 today for a free consultation.Read More
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Anthony J. Milano
Milano Legal Group PLLC was founded by Anthony J. Milano. Anthony is a dedicated personal injury attorney that handles auto accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, wrongful death cases, and other personal injury cases. Anthony provides a hands-on approach to each case that comes through the door and is intimately involved in each and every case, no matter the size or seriousness of injury. From engagement to handling the property damage to settlement or verdict, Anthony personally manages each case to the finish line. Anthony obtained a bachelor’s degree in business economics from the University of Arizona Eller College of Management. He went on to attend South Texas College of Law in Houston, where he received his Doctor of Jurisprudence. Anthony is licensed to practice law in Texas and Florida.
- South Texas College of Law, Doctor of Jurisprudence
- University of Arizona, B.S.B.A. (Business Economics)
Elif Dag-Milano, LL.M.
Elif is an Attorney at Milano Legal Group. Elif provides clients with passionate, results-driven representation in auto accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, 18-wheeler/commercial vehicle accidents, pedestrian accidents, product defect accidents, slip & falls/premises liability, and wrongful death cases. Elif has extensive experience in dealing with insurance companies and she ensures that her clients gets the maximum recovery arising out of their personal injury and property damage claims. Elif is closely involved in each case from pre-litigation to appeal.
Prior to joining Milano Legal Group, Elif has several years of litigation experience working as an In-House Legal Counsel for the leading consumer electronics retailer in Europe with 65K employees, 22B € in revenue, and operations in 15 countries. She oversaw multinational-national judicial transactions and advised executive managers on legal and strategic solutions to drive business objectives forward through risk mitigation, regulatory, and statutory compliance and process improvements.
- University of Houston Law Center, Master of Laws
- University of Istanbul Faculty of Law, Master of Laws
- South Texas College of Law, Exchange Student
- University of Istanbul Faculty of Law, Bachelor of Laws
- State Bar of Texas
- Istanbul Bar Association
- Union of Turkish Bars
David Wilkison is an Arizona-based attorney specializing in personal injury and criminal defense. David is Of Counsel and supports litigation within the State of Arizona. Mr. Wilkison has years of experience working on high level felony cases. From DUI to First Degree Murder, Mr. Wilkison has dealt with prosecutors and law enforcement to get the best possible outcome for his clients. Mr. Wilkison has litigated criminal matters ranging from misdemeanors to felonies, with the emphasis on each case being client satisfaction. He has represented clients in misdemeanor and superior courts, MVD Executive Hearings, Rule 11 competency hearings, Simpson hearings and appellate courts. He has handled over 1,000 criminal cases and has argued in front of the Arizona Court Appeals for Special Actions. Mr. Wilkison prides himself on being part of the 5% of all attorneys in the nation that take the legal battle to the courtroom and litigate. He is passionate about his career and it shows.
- Phoenix School of Law, Doctor of Jurisprudence
- University of Arizona, Psychology
- State Bar of Arizona