Massachusetts, just like every other state, has statutes of limitations on different legal claims. What this means is that a time limit is set on how long you have to file your personal injury lawsuit, and how long the state has to prosecute someone for committing a crime. These time limits usually depend on the legal claim or crime involved in the case, and they may vary from state to state.
As a General Rule:
Civil Statutes of Limitations
Note: Most of the civil statutes of limitations are in
of the Courts, Judicial Officers and Proceedings in Civil Cases portion of the Massachusetts General Laws or “code.”
Here are some of Massachusetts’ civil statutes of limitations:
These laws may change at anytime, so be sure to check the current laws and read them carefully, or talk to an attorney if you have any questions.
The Sooner The Better
If you’ve been injured in any way, or have lost a loved one due to somebody else’s error or negligence, please don’t put off contacting an attorney and making your claim. Some of these cases can stretch out over months or even years, so get the ball rolling sooner than later.