I was in a car accident 2 years ago and the deadline to file a lawsuit is Nov 24, 2014. It's too late to find an attorney to do this for me, so can a lawyer please tell me where I need to go to file this immediately? Thanks
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I don't think I have a strong enough case for an attorney to take me, but I would like to at least have my medical bills paid which I do have proof of these injuries...
If you are seeking less than $10,000, you can file a petition yourself in the Justice Court nearest the defendant's residence (if the defendant is a Harris County resident) or, if not, where you reside. The Justice Court will have a form petition available for you to use to start the case and to get service on the defendant.
If you are seeking more than $10,000, you will have to file in County or District Court in the county where the accident took place. If Harris County, that would be 201 Caroline in downtown Houston. Form petitions are available in the Harris County Law Library. You might consult with a personal injury attorney before filing in one of these courts.
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I suggest that you search for PI attorney on AVVO's tool, "Find a Lawyer." You should be able to obtain a list of attorneys handling auto accidents where there were medical damages. If not, look in the yellow pages under personal injury attorneys.
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You file your petition in either district court or county court at law. To be honest, if you don't at least know enough to figure out where to file, it is probably a waste of time to try. One thing is that you not only have to file by the deadline, you also have to show diligence in getting the defendant served with the lawsuit. You have to prepare the petition, you can't just go down and pay a fee. The Texas Rules of Civil Procedure can be found on line. Good luck.
This is not legal advice. You should always discuss the specifics of your issue in person with an attorney. Be aware that there are time limits on all claims that depend on the kind of claim, so do not delay in seeking an attorney.
I Agree, you can go to the JP courts and self file it for around 150.00 with service. ( damages below the 10k cap- if above, you need county court.)That will toll the limitations as long as you do it within 2 years. If neither part agrees with the decision, it is appealable to the county court. There are guidelines to be met.
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