When you’re hurt outside Massachusetts, your case potentially presents an extra layer of complexity. You may have the choice to sue where your injury occurred or to sue back home in Massachusetts. Even if you sue here, the law may dictate that the courts here apply the legal rules of the state where the accident occurred. For example, you could possibly sue in Massachusetts but be required to follow legal rules like the statute of limitations established by the laws of the state where your injury took place. Determining where the most advantageous place to bring your injury lawsuit is can be an extremely important choice and is just one example among many of situations in which it pays to have representation from skilled Massachusetts injury counsel.
One case that presented a choice between multiple states was that of Susan, a phlebotomist at the UMass hospital in Worcester. Susan decided to book a Labor Day weekend vacation at a romantic resort in the Poconos. While on a boat ride tour operated by the resort, an extremely bumpy ride resulted in Susan being thrown about. By the end of the ride, she had suffered fractures to her T-12 vertebrae, along with bruises to her back, buttocks, and thighs.
The injury took place in early September 2012. Almost exactly two years later, she sued the resort in state court in Pennsylvania. Some time later, she chose to voluntarily dismiss that lawsuit and refile a different lawsuit, alleging the same claims. She filed this second lawsuit in state court in Boston in June 2015.