If you want to make accident and injury claims in County Durham after any accident which has caused you serious injuries then you can do so as long as you can prove that another person was at fault for the accident.
However, there are time limits imposed on claims, and how long you wait will depend on a series of circumstances and variants. If you wait too long to make a compensation claim then you are at risk of either losing your case, or not being able to find a lawyer who is happy to make the claim on your behalf.
Here is some more information about the time limits imposed on accident claims.
Three years is the maximum time you can wait
Generally, solicitors will refuse to take on any accident claim for an accident which happened more than three years ago. After three years, the evidence is not fresh enough to analyse properly, and enough time has passed that it is almost not worth making a claim. Three years is quite a long time, though, so you should not feel rushed when you have recently had an accident that you want to claim for.
You should wait if you are a minor
If you are a minor and have had an accident which you want to claim for, you may be able to wait a year or two so that you can represent yourself in your claim. If you would still not be 18 after three years has passed then you can appoint a legal representative (a parent or guardian) who will stand in for you in your case, but if you would prefer to handle it yourself then it makes sense for you to just wait.
How to make accident and injury claims in County Durham
Once you are sure that you have enough time to make a claim, and are fairly sure that you have a good enough case to make a successful claim, the next step is to find an experienced solicitor to handle your case.
The best way to make accident and injury claims in County Durham, as well as to find out more information about the claims process, is to call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile, or text “claim365” to 88010. The friendly team will be more than happy to talk you through the claims process and help you to decide whether or not you have a good enough case for compensation.
If you do then you will be passed over to an injury lawyer who will work on a 100% no win no fee basis to get you the compensation that you deserve.
Date Published: 12th June 2015
Author: David Brown