In Texas, you have two years from the date of the car accident to get your case started -- that means filing the initial complaint with the proper branch of the civil court system in Texas. However, you should contact a qualified and experienced injure attorney as soon as possible after an accident to ensure your rights are protected and you receive 100% compensation for your loss. Good luck.
The Statute of Limitations in Texas is 2 years for negligence actions, like this.
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As the other responses indicate, in Texas you have two years to file suit. Its a big mistake to try to deal with the other parties insurance company on your own. What you need to do is consult with a personal injury attorney to assist you who can investigate and give you guidance as to how to proceed. Personal injury attorneys typically handle cases on a contingency fee basis and give free consultations. Use the Find a Lawyer tab on Avvo to find one in your area. Best of luck to you...
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You've already been given the answer on the statute of limitations: 2 years. Your claim is not ready to be settled until you have recovered and been released by your doctors, because until then the full extent of your injuries and damages is not known. Do not wait until the eve of the statute of limitations to try and resolve your claim or get representation. Ive posted a link below to an AVVO video guide explaining what damages you can recover.
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I see others have addressed your question regarding the general statue of limitations. Please beware that it is a mistake to wait until right before the statue to seek out an attorney to help you. Many personal injury attorneys have an office policy of not accepting a case where the statue of limitations is close to running. So if you are going to retain an attorney to help you, do so sooner rather than later.
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I suggest you consult with an attorney that is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization as soon as you can. In my experience, you will not obtain maximum value for your injuries, harm and losses if you attempt to resolve the case without an attorney. Insurance adjusters are trained to find ways to pay you as little as possible because the only thing insurance companies care about is saving money.... not being fair to you. Good luck.
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You likely are seriously messing up your potential recovery amount and any case since no doubt the insurance company is or has already set you up... Every statement you make in any contact is evidence (they get serious training how to get you to say things they will use to cut off your rights without you know it..) If you had an Attorney, they would have thought you were serious and you would have the proper medical proof of your claims if soft tissue damages... Plus EVERYTHING an Attorney says is NOT evidence. You may have screwed up your case too badly already... but email some lawyers... those cases are no out of pocket legal fee, percentage of the recovery claims only cases.
By the way, it is also a potential criminal act for any out of state (NON TEXAS LICENSED) person to respond to you and offer advice on Texas laws, since they are NOT LAWYERS!!
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The statute of limitations on personal injury claims in Texas is two years. Your question doesn't state how long it has been since your accident took place, but if it occurred within the last two years, you still have time to put your case forward. I recommend you contact an experienced and qualified auto accident attorney in Houston to have a full case review. This will help you understand what kind of compensation you may be entitled to, and how likely you are to win your case.
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