Boston is the largest city in Massachusetts, as well as the state’s capital, and just keeps growing and growing. While Boston may be an attractive place to live, its increasing population, busy roads and highways, ongoing construction, and more makes it an area that is sometimes dangerous to live. Indeed, there are hundreds of people killed in car accidents alone throughout the state – a number that does not include injuries from motor vehicle crashes, nor injuries or deaths caused by other accident types.
If you have been harmed in Boston, or if you have lost a loved one in a fatal accident, our Boston personal injury lawyer can help you to file suit to recover compensation for losses. Here’s a look into what you need to know about personal injury law in Boston:
When You Can Bring Forth a Personal Injury Claim
You can bring forth a personal injury claim against a private citizen, a business or corporation, or the government if you can prove the following:
- The party owed you a duty of care;
- The party breached the duty of care owed to you (typically via an act of negligence);
- The breach of the duty of care was the direct cause of your accident and injuries; and
- You suffered actual damages (i.e. medical bills, lost wages, etc.) as a result.
Exceptions for Car Accident and Dog Bite Cases
There are two major exceptions to the elements of a personal injury claim listed above.
First, a car accident personal injury suit cannot be brought forth unless the injured party has suffered more than $2,000 in reasonable and necessary medical expenses, or has incurred injuries considered to be “serious” (defined in Massachusetts code).
Second, while a person may bring forth a negligence-based suit for injuries caused by a dog bite, a party may also hold the dog bite owner strictly liable for injuries without having to prove owner negligence.
Time Limits for Bringing Forth a Claim
In order for your personal injury suit to be valid, you must file it within the amount of time required by Massachusetts law. Found in Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 260, Section 2A, a personal injury action to recover damages must be commenced within three years of the date of injury. If you do not file your suit within three years, you will be barred from any legal action.
Contact a Personal Injury Attorney in Boston Today
While you are not legally required to work with a Boston personal injury attorney if you want to bring forth a civil suit, doing so is highly advised. Not only with your lawyer help you to understand personal injury laws that apply to your claim, but can also advocate on your behalf to improve your chances of recovering your full compensation amount.
At the offices of Tetzel Law, LLC, our talented Boston personal injury lawyers are ready to meet with you. Call Tetzel Law, LLC today at (617) 933-3858. You can also contact our Boston office by sending us a message online.