The current legislation in the United Kingdom allows accident victims three years in which to make a claim for compensation following personal injury. The official term for cases outside this area is “statute barred”; put simply the claimant has run out of time. There are some exceptions to this rule such as accidents that occurred in the workplace; these are subject to a different set of rules and are allowed longer to be brought to court.
If you speak to an injury claim lawyer in Hindhead they will tell you that you have three years from the date of the accident itself or the date that your injury was discovered and can be medically linked to the accident itself. More obscure cases such as those related to industrial illness can be made many years after the event as long as it can be medically proven that a certain action was responsible for the claimant’s current illness.
Legally a case can even be brought to course after death as long as the cause of death can be clinically related to a specific instance in the person’s life. If someone should pass away while in the middle of a claim for personal injury compensation the claim would be allowed three years after the date of death to be completed as the family would need to pick up the threads and continue the claim themselves.
Special rules also apply for children and also those who are being covered by the Mental Health Act. The case in both scenarios could begin after the age of eighteen was reached or after the person was discharged. If an accident has occurred outside the UK then you should seek legal advice immediately as there are differing timescales for making claims in different countries.
Injury claim lawyer in Hindhead? Get advice before you start
Even if you have found an injury claim lawyer in Hindhead to deal with your claim it always pays to get some professional advice before you start a claim. Accident Advice Helpline has been helping people in similar situations for more than 15 years and has over two hundred solicitors who all work on a No win No fee policy for all their clients.
The initial call to the company places the caller under no obligation and is free of charge. One of the first things offered is a thirty second test to confirm the caller’s eligibility to make a claim. The company has the support and backing of Esther Rantzen who has campaigned for consumer rights in the United Kingdom for many years.
If you would like to speak to someone about making a claim and its potential benefits then call 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile today.
Date Published: 8th December 2013
Author: David Brown