If you have been injured in an accident that was not your fault, our first piece of advice would be to consult experienced personal injury solicitors as soon as possible.
There is a practical reason behind this suggestion, as these cases are all subject to strict time limits and leaving things too late could mean you are no longer eligible for compensation.
There are also a number of other factors which could have a bearing on your claim.
Time Limits On Claims
In the vast majority of cases, you will have up to three years from the date of your injury in which to claim compensation.
For standard personal injury claims, this is easy to calculate as you will be aware of the exact date your injury occurred.
However, in some cases the date from which these three years are calculated may be different.
For example, in industrial disease cases even if you suspect something may be wrong with you, your three-year claim period will begin only when a medical professional has diagnosed your condition.
In the case of children under 18, their three-year window will begin from the date of their 18th birthday.
If a person is injured while they are a patient detained under the Mental Health Act 1983, they will have three years to claim from the date they are no longer held under the Act.
It is extremely rare that any court will allow for this deadline to be extended, and therefore it is vital to commence your claim as soon as possible if you wish to do so.
There are two cases in which the time limit allowed for claims is two years from the date of the incident.
The first is criminal injury claims, and these claims also do not take into account a victim’s age, meaning the two-year limit begins straight away for any children who suffer a criminal injury.
In these instances, it will be the parent or guardian’s responsibility to bring a claim on the child’s behalf.
Secondly, accidents that occur on a plane or ship usually only allow two years to claim, although you should check this with your solicitor as this can vary in some circumstances.
Let Croftons Solicitors Handle Your Claim
Once you have decided to proceed with Croftons Solicitors, our experienced team will take care of your claim from start to finish, often on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis.
We will provide support throughout the process, keeping you informed of what the step will be and answering any questions you may have.
Our experts will work tirelessly to secure you the compensation you deserve, either through reaching a settlement or by taking the case to court where necessary.