If you were injured in a slip and fall accident where someone else’s negligence played a significant role in the incident, it makes sense to explore your legal options to receive compensation. Medical bills are no laughing matter. It is a well-known fact that healthcare prices have risen. Do not let yourself be buried under paperwork and medical bills due to someone else’s negligence. In Texas, you may file an insurance claim or take the matter to court. Speak with an attorney today!
Slip and Fall Statute of Limitations
In Texas, slip and fall cases have a time limit when filing a lawsuit. The statute of limitations applied to a slip and fall injury claim is the same as personal injury cases in the state. Specifically, there is a two-year deadline to file a civil action when seeking a legal remedy for personal injuries.
If you believe the property owner was responsible for the accident – by extension, your injuries – you must file a lawsuit against the individual or business within two years. The “timer” begins on the date the accident took place.
There are situations in which the clock may pause, though it is rare.
Before filing an insurance claim or civil lawsuit, know that the business or property owner will argue that you share a portion of the blame. It is their only logical course of action. If their argument is successful, you may see a sizable portion of your potential damages removed.
The property owner may argue that:
- You were in an area of the property that visitors are not typically allowed, or not expected to be
- You were not paying attention to your surroundings
- You were wearing improper footwear
- The dangerous area was cordoned off with cones or signage
- The conditions should have been evident to you
If the case goes to trial, the “modified comparative negligence rule” will help determine how much you receive from the property owner.