In general, the Statute of Limitations to bring a civil action for personal injury for maritime workers is three years from the date of the incident. The law varies in certain cases, however, so having experienced Houston maritime personal injury attorneys to answer your questions can be very helpful.
“Hurt maritime employees have three years from the date of the injury to file a lawsuit.”
Call the Houston maritime personal injury attorneys at Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law today to find out what rights you and your family have. Fill out a FREE initial consultation form or dial 1 (800) 444-5000 now.
WHEN AN INJURED PERSON CANNOT REPRESENT HIMSELF
When the injured person is a minor or mentally incompetent or if the case involves wrongful death, maritime law states that any contract specifying a time limit for giving notice of the claim is suspended until the earlier of:
- the date a legal representative is appointed for the minor, incompetent, or decedent’s estate
- three years after the injury or death
If a family member or representative fails to file a claim within the Statute of Limitations, a case may still be made. There are several exceptions to the rule, so be sure to contact Terry Bryant before giving up.
CASES AGAINST THE UNITED STATES
If you are filing a lawsuit against the United States or a Federally-owned vessel, the Statute of Limitations is two years. It is also important to note that you lose the right to trial by jury in these cases. Instead, the secretary of a department of the U.S. government or the board of trustees of a Federally-owned corporation may arbitrate, compromise, or settle your claim.
UNLAWFUL MINIMUM TIME LIMITS
Maritime law prevents vessel owners transporting passengers or property from including regulations or contracts that limit the time period for:
- giving notice of or filing a claim for personal injury or death to less than six months after the date of the injury or death; or
- bringing a civil action for personal injury or death to less than one year after the date of the injury or death.
If you’re unsure whether you are eligible to file a claim for benefits, call us at 1 (800) 444-5000 or fill out a free initial consultation form now.