Frisco Medical Malpractice Statute of Limitations

Reynolds and Reynolds Law Firm
medical malpractice Frisco, TXDid you know that the statute of limitations for medical malpractice cases is only two years in the state of Texas? That is why you must find a dedicated, professional medical malpractice attorney quickly if you think you are a victim of medical malpractice. Check out this guide to find everything you need to know about the statute of limitations and what it means for your Frisco medical malpractice case. 

What is the Statute of Limitations?

A statute of limitations is the time limit that victims have to file their lawsuits. They vary from state to state and impact nearly every kind of case, from civil to criminal. Like any case that involves negligence, medical malpractice can be devastating for victims and their families, so it is vital to understand the statute of limitations to ensure they get the compensation they deserve.

Medical Malpractice Statute of Limitations in Texas

According to Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code (sec. 74), the statute of limitations on medical malpractice cases in Texas is two years from:

  • The date the medical professional breached the standard of care
  • The conclusion of treatment for persistent disease or stay in a long-term care facility. In general, this only comes into play if the exact date of injury cannot be determined. 

However, like many other laws and regulations, there are several exceptions to the statute of limitations. 


Exceptions to the Texas Medical Malpractice Statute of Limitations

There are a couple of situations where the standard Texas medical malpractice statute of limitations does not apply. 

The Victim is a Minor

Minors have until age 14 to file their medical malpractice lawsuit. The statute applies differently to minors due to the complexity of childhood development. There are situations where a medical error may have occurred when a child was born, and it does not become apparent until they are six years old. However, any claims on a minor’s medical expenses still fall under the standard two-year statute of limitations. 

The Negligent Medical Professional is a Government Employee

The statute of limitations on lawsuits brought against government employees is only six months. Government entities own many hospitals and clinics in Texas, so any medical malpractice lawsuits must be filed promptly. 

Negligence not Discovered Until After the Statute of Limitations has Expired

In minimal circumstances, the injured party may file a medical malpractice suit if they discover their injury within a reasonable time after the two-year statute has expired. However, the outcomes of cases determining what a “reasonable time” is, vary greatly. For that reason, if you discover an injury or complication after two years, you need to act quickly. 


Contact a Frisco Medical Malpractice Attorney

If it is not apparent, the statute of limitations on medical malpractice is very complicated in our state. So, finding an attorney who truly understands the statute of limitations is vital. The Frisco medical malpractice attorneys at Reynolds & Reynolds have decades of experience getting medical malpractice victims and their families the compensation they deserve. Our attorneys know how to review a medical record, understand medical descriptions of the injuries, and understand the requirements for linking the injury to the negligence of a medical professional. Find us on social media to learn more about our services, or contact us at our Frisco personal injury office today for your free consultation. There will be no attorneys’ fees unless we obtain financial compensation for you.