The current legislation in the United Kingdom allows those who have suffered personal injury following an accident three years in which to make a claim for compensation following the accident and injury in question. The official term for cases outside this area is “statute barred” — in simple terms, it means the victim has simply run out of time.
There are some exceptions to this rule, such as accidents that occurred in the workplace, which are subject to a different set of rules and are allowed a longer amount of time to be brought to court. If you speak to any of the injury solicitors of Strathyre, 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 could be medically linked to the accident itself in which to claim.
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 into the courts after death, so 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 to children, and to those who are being covered by the Mental Health Act.
The compensation case in both scenarios could begin after the age of 18 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.
Get advice before you start
Even if you have found a firm of injury solicitors of Strathyre to deal with your claim, it always pays to get some other professional advice before you start. Accident Advice Helpline have been helping people in similar situations for more than 15 years, and all of our solicitors offer a no win no fee service to all of our 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 30-second test to confirm the caller’s eligibility to make a claim.
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If you would like to speak to one of the injury solicitors of Strathyre about making a claim yourself, call 0800 689 0500 from a landline, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile, today.
Date Published: 31st January 2014