Category: Personal Injury Posted on Feb 18, 2021

What Is the Massachusetts Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury Claims?

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If you intend to file a lawsuit, you must abide by the applicable Massachusetts statute of limitations. Personal injury cases, by their very nature of damages and stress, sometimes leave the injured party late to contact a lawyer. Don’t make that mistake. 

Contact Stanger Law to discuss your case as soon as possible. Don’t miss the opportunity to file a claim when you deserve compensation by not filing an injury lawsuit on time.

What Does the Statute of Limitations Mean?

The statute of limitations governs the time period during which you must file an action in court. If you do not file a claim within this timeframe, you will not be able to pursue legal action for that issue.

Regarding the statute of limitations on personal injury and other civil cases, the courts are very clear on how long you have to file a lawsuit. Applicable laws delineate the time.

So let’s assume that actions of another have injured you and you are wondering, How long do I have to file a lawsuit? Your statute of limitations clock is likely already ticking. 

What Is the Massachusetts Statute of Limitations? 

Massachusetts General Laws cover the MA personal injury statute of limitations. This law states that for most personal injury cases in Massachusetts, the statute of limitations is three years. 

Are There Other Requirements Regarding Massachusetts Personal Injury Law?

Complying with the Massachusetts statute of limitations is just one of the prominent pieces of filing a personal injury lawsuit. The law requires that the person filing the claim also:

  • Pay any required fees;
  • Serve the person they are suing;
  • File the claim in the correct court;
  • File the claim with supporting documents; and
  • Not file a frivolous lawsuit.

There are additional complexities for auto accident cases. In Massachusetts, the no-fault laws prevent you from making a claim for damages (such as pain and suffering) against the party responsible for causing a car accident unless you meet the tort threshold. This threshold is based on an analysis of several things, including the type of injury and the amount of medical bills.

Your chance of recovering damages starts with filing a valid lawsuit that complies with all Massachusetts personal injury law. Our attorneys, who are highly experienced with the Massachusetts statute of limitations, personal injury, and local court proceedings, can take the lead. 

Is the MA Personal Injury Statute of Limitations Always three Years From the Time of the Incident?

There are some particular situations when the statute of limitations on personal injury cases is not three years. For instance, a one-year statute of limitations applies to parties who bring suit against a ski area operator.

Also, you may have longer than three years from the time of the incident if you did not become aware and had no reason to know of an injury until some time after the accident.

Do not make assumptions about whether you are in compliance with the statute of limitations. Please meet with our lawyers. We can assist you with your Massachusetts personal injury claim. 

Contact a Massachusetts Personal Injury Lawyer

Stanger Law’s Massachusetts injury lawyers pride themselves on having excellent communication with and loyalty to their clients.

When they take on a case, they advocate with a laser focus toward getting their clients the best possible result. Contact us today. We can take care of you.

Bruce Stanger

My litigation experience includes family law, divorce, product liability, construction law, professional negligence, shareholder disputes, legal malpractice, and general commercial litigation.