If you have been seriously injured in an accident in Massachusetts and want to file a Massachusetts personal injury lawsuit, you should know about the Massachusetts statute of limitations. In Massachusetts, the law states that a personal injury claim must be filed within a certain amount of time after your injury.
The deadline for a Massachusetts personal injury lawsuit depends on the nature of the case, though most must be filed within 3 years. Personal injury cases arising from a faulty contract allow for 6 years, or even 20 years if the contract was sealed. Alternately, a suit against a government agency or employee must be filed within a much shorter time frame and will include additional paperwork and requirements.
Depending on the case, there may be extensions to or ways around the deadlines. The Massachusetts statute of limitations may give an extension if you did not learn of the extent of your personal injury until quite some time after it occurred. It also offers some flexibility if you were unable to file a claim in time.
Fortunately, there is something called the discovery rule that may allow you to make a personal injury claim if vital evidence is discovered in your case after the deadline has passed. However, civil cases do not always benefit from the discovery rule, so it is important to talk to an attorney as soon as possible after a serious accident.
If you have suffered from a personal injury, a Massachusetts personal injury lawyer may be able to help you recover the compensation you deserve. The lawyer can also tell you what he or she can do about the statute of limitations, should that become necessary.
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The Massachusetts personal injury attorneys at Phillips & Garcia will fight for your rights in your personal injury case. We are committed to protecting your best interests and helping you collect the damages you need and deserve to move on with your life. If you have been injured in a Massachusetts accident, contact Phillips & Garcia today to schedule your FREE legal consultation – (877) 892-5620.