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Personal injury claims statute of limitations UK


Personal injury claims

The same timescales govern the personal injury claims statute of limitations UK wide. So whether you are in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, you are bound by the same rules.

In the UK, the Limitation Act 1980 sets out how long you have to claim if you have been injured as a result of an accident and you want to make a claim for compensation. The Act is known as the statute of limitation.


Personal injury claims statute of limitations UK

In the UK, you generally have three years from the time of the accident in which you were injured to start a personal injury claim for compensation, or three years after you knew the effects of an injury on your health.

This second clause is important because it means that people who discover they are suffering from an industrial disease are able to make a claim. Without this clause, many of those who become ill in later life due to exposure to substances such as asbestos would not have been able to make a claim.

The personal injury claims statute of limitations UK also extends the three-year timescale for some cases where the accident victim was a child when they were injured.

However, the three-year rule will apply in cases such as:

  • Trips and slips
  • Car accidents
  • Injuries at work

If you are unsure whether you are within the personal injury claims statute of limitations UK, it’s worth checking out Accident Advice Helpline’s 30-second test™ on the website. It tells you in moments whether you meet the relevant criteria and acts as a compensation calculator to give you an idea of how much you may be entitled to.

We are a law firm with more than a decade’s experience working with people to claim compensation for accidents that were not their fault and have had lasting repercussions on their lives. The main reason the courts award compensation is to pay for goods, equipment and services you may now need as a result of the accident and to compensate you for any bills you incurred because of it.

So it’s vital that you keep detailed records of the accident and monitor what effects it has had on your health and your day-to-day life.

  • If you can’t drive after the accident and need to use trains or taxis, keep tickets and receipts as evidence.
  • If you require childcare because you couldn’t look after your children because you were in hospital or attending medical appointments, retain the invoices.
  • If you missed out on potential earnings whilst you were injured, you could also receive compensation to cover this.

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