Yes, in Texas, you have two years to file a personal injury lawsuit, and three years in a case of medical malpractice. This may seem like a long time, but if you are recovering from a serious injury or illness, and facing other hardships, such as lost wages, waiting too long can prove a costly mistake.
What Is the Discovery Process?
Before formal proceedings begin, lawyers for each side conduct a discovery process. They may exchange written questions called interrogatories and may request to see key evidence, such as medical records. The plaintiff may even be asked to submit to a medical exam by a doctor of the defense's choosing.
How Does Mediation Work?
Personal injury cases are sometimes resolved through mediation. A mediator is an unbiased third party who will work through the points of a case with both parties to determine a fair resolution.
What Happens Once You File?
The wheels of the legal process are set in motion almost right away, though it can be a long road to resolution. After a complaint is filed with the court, the defendant is served, usually within 30 days, and then is given a chance to file a formal response.