The timeframe in which you have to file your lawsuit is called the statute of limitations. Each state sets its own laws and regulations regarding time limits to file various claims. The majority of personal injury cases in Massachusetts have a statute of limitations of three years.
The statute of limitations begins on the date in which the personal injury incident occurs. Therefore, you generally have three years from this date to start your lawsuit. There are a few exceptions to this rule, however.
For instance, if you are involved in a hit and run accident, a suit must begin within six months after you learn the defendant’s identity, and within three years of the accident. This includes filing for property damage, personal injury, or death. There also needs to be proper documentation of the time and place of the accident.
Another exception involves actions against the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. You only have two years to file a suit for injuries you sustain as a passenger on public transit.
To ensure your personal injury case is processed, you are encouraged to start your complaint immediately. It’s important to remember that many injuries take months or even years to appear, so it’s recommended you begin the process within the statute of limitations even in the absence of identifying the extent of all your injuries.
Whether you’ve been the victim of an auto accident, slip and fall incident, or any other personal injury, you need an experienced personal injury attorney who understands the statute of limitation exceptions by your side. Don’t delay, contact our office for a consultation.