If you or a loved one has suffered serious injuries (or even death) as a result of a car accident that was not your fault, you may be feeling overwhelmed and unsure of what your options are. Particularly if you are focused on healing and recovering from harm you sustained in the crash, or are grieving the loss of a loved one stemming from the accident, you may not even have started to think about bringing a lawsuit.
A car accident can be a life-changing event, and is for thousands of Americans every year. However, while bringing a lawsuit can seem overwhelming and unimportant in the aftermath of a catastrophic accident, a lawsuit can also be a tool in helping you to heal and rebuild after tragedy by removing the financial pressure. A personal injury lawyer can help you to navigate the insurance claims process, ensuring that you are not being taken advantage of and that your rights are being respected, zealously advocating on your behalf and refusing to let your claims be denied. So often there is an inherent imbalance of power between insurance adjusters, who are highly familiar with the insurance claims process and how to use it to their advantage, and the victims of a crash, who are trying to cope with serious trauma and likely do not have the emotional bandwidth or time to learn the insurance industry’s rules and practices. It is a huge relief for most individuals to be able to hand off the legal process to a lawyer, so that they can get back to focusing on their health and rebuilding their life as necessary.
Statute of Limitations for Injury Claims in Texas
All states have statutes of limitations that restrict the amount of time you have to bring forth and litigate a valid claim for compensation after an accident. In Texas, the statute of limitations on bringing a personal injury lawsuit is two years starting from the date of the accident. The same time period applies for property damage claims, if you are suing for the property damage to your car. For wrongful death cases, the statute of limitations is also two years, but it starts running at the date of death, which may be different than the date of an accident. Additionally, there may be a year-long grace period, or one year “tolled,” which can extend the statute of limitations in certain wrongful death situations. An experienced San Antonio personal injury lawyer will review the specifics of your case and determine whether you are still within the statute of limitations and what avenues for legal recourse are available and most advantageous for you.
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If you or a loved one have been injured as a result of a Texas car crash that was not your fault, the experienced San Antonio personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Eric Ramos are here to help. Schedule your free consultation today. There is no fee until we win.