What if a member of your family has been in a fatal accident and you need to make an injury claim in St James?
Firstly please accept our sincere condolences for your loss. Unfortunately too many families find themselves in this situation in the UK.
There are many potential accidents that can cause a fatality, among these are:
- An accident at work caused by a work colleague
- Medical negligence
- A criminal assault
- A car collision
- A motorbike or bicycle accident
- An accident at work caused by lack of health and safety
If the accident was the fault of anyone other than the deceased, then you are likely to have an injury claim in St James.
What’s the three-year limit on an injury claim in St James?
Most personal accident claims have a time limit of 3 years to initiate a claim. However, in an injury claim St James there are some exceptions to how the three-year rule is applied.
- If the accident caused a mental disability the time period does not commence until they are no longer mentally disabled, and therefor might create a longer period in which to claim.
- In the cases of industrial illness or disease the victim might not have been aware of the problem being connected to a particular employment until many years later. The family have three years from the date of death to claim
- If the injuries sustained mean that the victim does not die immediately but survives for a length of time up to three years after the accident, then the period for claiming is three years from the date of death, not the accident.
- If the victim survived more than three years but knew their injuries were life threatening, and did not commence a claim, then the family are out of date for compensation after the death.
What’s the two-year limit on an injury claim in St James?
There are two main areas where the normal claim period is two years not three.
- If the accident that caused the death was on a ship or plane, the time period is typically two years, but it does depend on how the accident happened and the exact description of the vessel involved.
- Criminal injury compensation claims, fatal or not, that are made to the Criminal Injury Compensation Authority have a two year time limit
If you are in the unfortunate position of needing to make this sort of claim then you should seek the help of professionals. The time is distressing enough without having to deal with all of the stresses associated with legal matters. Letting Accident Advice Helpline act on your behalf guarantees that you’ll get the most amount of compensation whilst receiving the minimum amount of hassle.
At Accident Advice Helpline you will find friendly and compassionate advisers ready to assist you all they can. You can contact them on our freephone number: 0800 689 0500, any time of day, any day of the week.
Or you can complete our online compensation claim form if you wish.
Whichever you decide, Accident Advice Helpline will take away the stress at a time when you will have more pressing matters to deal with.
Date Published: 22nd September 2013
Author: David Brown