Statutes of limitations are laws that set time limits on how long you have to file a lawsuit or how long the state has to prosecute someone for committing a crime. These time limits depend on the legal claim or crime involved in the case, and they're different from state to state.

General rules:

  • The time period begins on the date your claim arises or occurs.
  • Once the statute of limitations has expired, you likely will be unable to successfully pursue a lawsuit regardless of the merits of your claim.

Here is a list of a few statutes of limitations in Texas:

  • Contract: 4 years
  • Fraud: 4 years
  • Legal Malpractice: 2 years
  • Medical Malpractice: 2 years (but before 10 years from the date of the act or omission)
  • Personal Injury: 2 years
  • Product Liability: 2 years (but before 15 years after date of the sale)
  • Property Damage: 2 years
  • Slander: 1 year
  • Trespass: 2 years
  • Wrongful Death: 2 years

Be aware the laws are subject to change at any time. You are able to check the most current Texas laws here.

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