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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

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    How long after an accident do I need to claim?


    It has often been noted by lawyers and legal counsellors that many people do not ask the key question, “How long after an accident do I need to claim?” We have found that the public in general is not aware that they have a limited timeframe in which to submit a personal injury claim against those they believe are responsible for the mishap. The time element is an extremely important provision of UK law regarding personal injury claims and it is not uncommon for a case to be rejected simply because it has not been filed in time. Conversely, some people fail to make a claim because they think they have left it too late.

    According to UK law, you can file a case for personal injury up to three years from the date of the incident; there are also certain exceptions to the rule. One of the most important aspects of the three year rule regarding personal injury claims is that it provides ample opportunity for you to file a claim. For example, if you happened to be a child when the accident occurred then you can file a claim when you attain the age of majority, which is 18 in the UK. Over the past fourteen years, we at Accident Advice Helpline have helped numerous individuals with their personal injury claims when they sought guidance regarding the veracity of their claims. In this regard it should also be pointed out that we maintain a round the clock telephone helpline which is designed to provide almost instant and free, legal guidance.

    There are certain instances where accidents or mishaps result in injuries that go undetected for a long period of time. In fact it might be the case that you do not become aware of the fact that an injury is only diagnosed several years later. Even then, you might not immediately connect it to the original incident. In such a situation, you are still entitled to claim compensation for personal injury if it can be proven beyond reasonable doubt that the reason for long term injury, or even death, was the accident that took place more than three years previously. It is precisely these types of cases that require the expertise of a specialist personal injury solicitor. At Accident Advice Helpline, we employ highly experienced lawyers who have handled numerous cases relating to personal injury claims. One of the best aspects of the services we provide is the fact that one of our representatives can be reached by telephone or online, at any time of the day or night, to provide immediate advice regarding anything relating to personal injury claims. You should also be aware that all the legal advice we provide is free of charge; in fact we operate on a no win, no fee*, basis, which means that even if your claim does not succeed you will not be charged a penny.

    Our website, www.accidentadvicehelpline.co.uk also features a calculator to estimate approximately how much you are likely to receive should your claim be successful.

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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    No-Win No-Fee: *Subject to insurance costs. Fee payable if case not pursued at client's request.