What is the injury claim deadline?
For the majority of cases, the injury claim deadline is three years from the date of a non-fault accident. That means that you have three years in which to begin legal proceedings, if you wish to seek compensation from the person responsible for your injuries. However, if you are well enough to begin a claim sooner, it is advisable to do so, and not wait until the injury claim deadline approaches. That way, the details of your accident will be fresh in your mind, and it will be easier to get in touch with any witnesses. This could all make the process much easier and faster.
Exceptions to the injury claim deadline
In the case of industrial disease, you have three years from the date of your diagnosis in which to begin a claim. You may have started to notice symptoms much earlier, but not necessarily attributed your poor health to your working conditions. You might not even have been aware that you were ill until 10 or 15 years after you were exposed to a harmful substance at work. So it is only fair that you should still be able to pursue a compensation claim against your employer, as their negligence could have caused you to develop a life-changing or life-limiting condition.
Another exception to the injury claim deadline is for accident victims who are under the age of 18. In some circumstances, the parent or guardian can start a claim on their behalf right away. Any compensation awarded would be held in a fund until the child legally became an adult. However, they can also wait until they reach the age of 18, and start legal proceedings themselves. In such cases, they would have three years from their 18th birthday in which to make a claim.
Are you entitled to seek compensation?
If you are unsure if you can make a claim, then why not take the 30-second test from Accident Advice Helpline? In under a minute, you can get confirmation that you can move forward, and you’ll even get an estimate as to the amount of compensation you could receive.
Alternatively, you can pick up the phone and chat to one of our advisers. They would be happy to answer any questions you might have and talk you through the claim process.
Claim experts at Accident Advice Helpline
At Accident Advice Helpline, we are proud to be one of the top law firms in the UK, and we have earned a reputation for delivering complete satisfaction. To chat to a member of our team, simply dial 0800 689 0500 from a landline, or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile phone. Our initial advice is free.
Date Published: 30th May 2013
Author: David Brown