You’ve been hurt in an accident, but you’re not sure whether to contact a lawyer. No one wants to imagine the hassle of a legal battle, but it’s important that you seek legal consultation right away in cases of personal injury. Otherwise, you could miss your opportunity due to what’s known in legal terms as “statute of limitations.”
What is Statute of Limitations?
A statute of limitations is the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit from the time of injury. The general deadline in Massachusetts is three years. That may seem like a long time, but there are factors that can limit or affect the time you have to file.
Why Seek Legal Help Now?
Depending on your personal situation, the statute of limitations could actually be less than three years. For example, if a suit is against a government entity, the deadline could be shortened. In addition, the full extent of injuries aren’t always apparent. You may discover that your health and lifestyle are greatly diminished long after the accident occurs. Seeking legal assistance now will at least present you with your options.
What Kind of Compensation is Possible?
The costs of an accident can be great. There are physical and emotional tolls, as well as financial obligations. If you are not at fault, you should not be stuck with the bill. In order to receive financial compensation, it’s imperative that you file before the statute of limitations expires.