If you are suing a non-governmental entity, you will typically have two years from the date of your accident in which to file a slip and fall lawsuit in Texas, although there are exceptions. If the defendant is a governmental entity, you will have just six months to file a claim with the proper branch of the government.
What if I Fail to Meet the Statute of Limitations?
These deadlines are also referred to as a statute of limitations. There are some exceptions that an experienced injury lawyer in Dallas will explain to you in a consultation. However, you do risk forfeiting your legal rights to file a lawsuit for an accident if you fail to meet these deadlines.
How do I Know Which Deadline Applies to My Case?
If your slip and fall accident occurs on private property, such as a grocery store, a shopping mall, or a friend’s house, then the two-year statute of limitations would apply to your case. However, if it occurs on public property, such as at a public university, a park, a government building, or a sidewalk maintained by the city, then the six-month statute of limitations would take effect.
Common Exceptions to the Statute of Limitations
If you are concerned that the statute of limitations on your claim may have expired, there are multiple exceptions to this rule. Our lawyers at Angel Reyes & Associates strongly recommend that you consult with an experienced Dallas slip and fall lawyer to see if one or more of these exceptions may apply to your particular case.
Some of the common exceptions to the statute of limitations include the following:
- The slip and fall victim is a minor. If this is the case, the clock does not begin to tick toward two years or six months until the injured victim turns 18 years old.
- If you are neither aware nor reasonably should have been aware that you have sustained an injury, then the statute of limitations does not begin to tick until you either discover the injury or reasonably should have discovered the injury.
Contact an Attorney to Ensure That All Deadlines Are Met
At Angel Reyes & Associates, we always dislike seeing an innocent victim who sustains serious injuries in an accident, but they are legally barred from pursuing any financial compensation because the statute of limitations has expired. We advise individuals to consult with a lawyer as soon as possible to understand the merits of the claim, the corresponding statute of limitations that will apply to your case, and whether or not an exception may apply to you.
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At Angel Reyes & Associates, we have been representing injured Texans for more than three decades. We aggressively pursue justice on our clients’ behalf and have achieved a 98 percent client success rate as a result.
If you have questions about the statute of limitations for slip and fall cases in Texas, call Angel Reyes & Associates 24 hours a day to book a free consultation. There are no legal fees unless we win.