How long do I have to make my claim?
All accident claims have certain time limitations placed on them within which a compensation claim must be made. In most cases you have up to three years from the date of your accident to make a personal injury claim. There are however a few exceptions where the standard three year time limit does not apply. The main exceptions are as follows:
- If a child (which is anybody under the age of 18 years old) has been injured in an accident, the three year time period only begins on the date they turn 18 years old.
- If a person is not aware that they have suffered an injury until a later date, the three year time limit starts from the date he or she first becomes aware of the problem. This is known as the ‘date of knowledge’. This type of situation is most commonly associated with industrial diseases, such as asbestosis, and certain clinical negligence claims.
- If you have had an accident abroad, the rules regarding claiming compensation may be different depending on the country where the accident has occurred. In these cases the time limit within which to make a claim may vary.
- If you have been the victim of a criminal injury, you have two years within which to make a criminal injury compensation claim.
If you are not sure whether you are entitled to make a compensation claim, call our friendly team of legal service advisors who will be happy to discuss your claim with you.