Massachusetts Personal Injury Laws You Should Know
All states have laws that govern when a personal injury claim can be filed, how much victims can recover and if they can take their claim to court. We’ll discuss some of the state’s personal injury laws that you need to know.
Car Accidents- Car accidents are a leading cause of accidental deaths and injuries in U.S., so a lot of personal injury claims arise out of the car, motorcycle or truck accidents. If you are injured in a traffic accident, Massachusetts’s no-fault car accident rule applies which states that unless your injuries are severe, you need to file your injury and property damage claims with your auto insurer.
You can file a formal injury claim if your monetary damages exceed $2,000 and you suffered a permanent injury.
Dog bites- Under Massachusetts law, dog owners are “strictly liable” for any injuries caused by their pet regardless of the animal’s past behavior. However, a dog bite victim is ineligible for compensation if they were trespassing, teasing or abusing the attacking animal.
The Statute of Limitations- You have three years from the date the accident occurred to file your personal injury claim.
Claims against the government-If you have a claim against a city, state or federal governmental agency, you have two years to file a formal complaint and three years to file a civil suit.
Have You Seen a Doctor?
Of course, there are many accidents in which the victim must be taken away in an ambulance, but sometimes victims of fender benders, slip and fall accidents or nursing home abuse delay seeing a doctor. They may have economic reasons or don’t think their injuries are serious enough to warrant medical attention. It’s better to be checked out by a doctor and let the negligent party pay the bill.
It is imperative you get medical care because your injury could get worse and the opposing party can use it to reduce the settlement you deserve.
Massachusetts General Hospital
55 Fruit St, Boston, MA 02114
Saint Vincent Hospital
123 Summer St, Worcester, MA 01608
Western Massachusetts Hospital
91 E Mountain Rd, Westfield, MA 01085
Nashoba Valley Medical Center
200 Groton Rd, Ayer, MA 01432
Why Do I Need a Personal Injury Lawyer?
There are plenty of reasons why you need to hire a personal injury lawyer in the Massachusetts. For one, they understand the value of your accident and what potential medical costs you face so that you will be sure to a fair settlement. Our injury law firms also have a comprehensive knowledge of personal injury laws in Massachusetts.