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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."

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    Claims in Preston

    If you are searching for information on personal injury claims in Preston, there is a lot that needs to be considered. From the compensation amount you could receive to choosing the best lawyer, it can seem a little bit overwhelming. However, one thing you need to be aware of is the time limits on personal injury claims. Keeping that in mind, continue reading to discover more.

    Time limits on claims in Preston

    The time limit for most personal injury claims is three years. This means that you have three years from the date of the accident you have been involved in and court proceedings must be issued within this time frame. Therefore, if you were injured on 21st May 2013, you will have until 20th May 2016 to make a claim.

    Are there any exceptions? The time limits that are in place are very strict. However, there are some exceptions and this relates to incidents whereby injuries have developed over time, making it impossible to pinpoint an accident date. This typically occurs with workplace incidents and injuries, such as industrial deafness, vibration white finger and repetitive strain injury.

    Also, if the injured party is under 18 years of age and no one makes a claim for them at the time of the accident, they have 3 years from their 18th birthday to pursue their compensation. It is better if a parent or guardian makes a claim at the time though because if a child is injured at 6, for example, and does not make the claim until they are 20, that is a 14 year gap. The evidence would be much harder to prove after all that time.

    Thus, as you can see, it is certainly worth claiming sooner rather than later, and, aside from the time limit, there are other reasons why this is the case. You will find it a lot easier to claim the sooner you do so. Not only will the details be fresh in your mind, but also you will find it a lot easier to get your hands on important evidence, such as witness statements. If you leave it too long to claim, your witnesses may have moved home or changed their telephone number, and, therefore, you may not be able to get in touch with them. Additionally, they may not be able to remember the incident clearly.

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    Accident Advice Helpline

    If you have been involved in an accident, don’t leave it too late to make a claim. Give Accident Advice Helpline a call. We are one of the leading law firms in the UK, having been established in 2000 and all of our solicitors work on a no-win no-fee basis. Our helpline numbers are 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile. Lines are open 24/7, so you can call us any time.

    Date Published: 25th July 2014

    Author: David Brown

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