Following an accident, Massachusetts has its own deadline, or “statute of limitations,” for bringing a personal injury claim in the state’s civil courts. You have three years under this law to sue someone for personal injuries in a Massachusetts court.
This three-year period often begins to run on the day of the accident. Rarely, the three-year time limit may not begin to run until the “finding date” if you had a latent injury that wasn’t discovered until some time after the accident.
Ultimately, you must pay close attention to this three-year window because if your lawsuit is not filed within that time frame, you will forfeit your ability to have a judge consider your injury case. That might not seem like a huge concern when you’re focused on settling your injury claim quickly with the insurance company, but it will matter if settlement negotiations fail and you have to consider other choices (taking the case to court).