A Massachusetts resident who suffers injuries due to someone else’s fault might want to take legal action. It’s important to know the steps needed to file a personal injury claim.
What should you do after suffering an injury?
If you’ve been injured in a car accident, slip and fall or any other type of accident due to another’s negligence, you have the right to file a claim. Before even initiating any legal action, you should seek medical attention and get evaluated. Your medical records are a good starting point as you collect evidence for your personal injury claim.
You will want to gather evidence to back up your claim. Keep a journal of the events as they’re fresh in your mind. Take photos of the accident scene as visual evidence.
If your injuries resulted from a car accident, get the name and contact information of the other driver. Also, get their driver’s license number, license plate number and insurance information if you have to file your claim with the insurance company.
Speak with witnesses. Get their names and contact information and record their statements of the accident.
Seeking legal expertise is wise as it can protect your rights and strengthen your personal injury claim.
How long do you have to file a personal injury claim?
It’s important to file your personal injury claim within the right amount of time. If you’re suing another person or non-governmental entity, you will have to file your claim with the court within three (3) years of the injury. If your injuries weren’t immediately present, you have three (3) years from the time they manifested to file. If you don’t stay within the statute of limitations, your case won’t be heard and you won’t be able to recover compensation for your medical expenses and other damages.
However, if your claim is against a governmental agency or employee, the statute of limitations is shorter. You might have anywhere from 30 days to a year to file.