If you've been hurt due to medical mistakes, it's important that you seek out all the necessary legal help you need before you hit a statute of limitations. When that happens, you can no longer file a lawsuit. This is an interesting case involving a teen who cannot sue her doctor in El Paso, Texas, because she waited too long to do so. The teen was born with severe brain damage and had until 2006 to file the lawsuit; she failed to do so until 2011.
The teen has argued that anyone under the age of 18 can't file a lawsuit in Texas. The teen would have to have an adult acting on her behalf to claim medical malpractice. If the parent didn't take the injury to court, then that would violate the teen's right of access to the courts, which is guaranteed by the Texas Constitution.