How bad was your accident?
The minutes pass so silently, that we barely notice them. How often have we said, “Is it a year? Doesn’t time fly?”
This can happen when we are involved in an accident too. Locked in the pain and the misery of it all, it seems that the time goes by so slowly but then, in a blink of an eye, we are looking back on the first anniversary of the ‘day things went wrong’.
Accident Advice Helpline, along with our lawyer in Helston, work with many customers to make claims for personal injury compensation. Something we hear from some claimants is “at the time, it really didn’t seem that bad”, usually referring to their injury or injuries.
With shock, comes adrenalin. This is the hormone that keeps us going in unexpected circumstances; without it, we would simply fade. But, when the chemical within our system does subside, that is when we start to feel all the aches and pains, every bruise on our body and every fibre of our being that has been involved in the accident.
Don’t let time slip through your fingers…
In usual circumstances, if you have been involved in an accident that was not your fault, then you have 3 years from the date of the accident to lodge a complaint for compensation.
However, your lawyer in Helston will advise you to make your complaint as soon as possible for letting time pass has one significant disadvantage: it causes our memory to fade.
Now, we also understand that, in some cases, this is not possible. For those people who have been badly hurt, they may need to spend several weeks – months, sometimes – recuperating and rehabilitating in hospital and at home.
Physically, they may not be ready to make a claim and emotionally, they may not be ready to recount the situation to one of our advisers.
But, as soon as you can, contact us on 0800 689 0500 (0333 500 0993 from a mobile).
There are few exceptions, however, when it comes to time but, there are still limits. Those claimants looking to claim for ill health reasons that they believe were cause by their working environment have 3 years in which to make a claim BUT from the date they were told they had the disease (or were expected to reasonably know that their disease was connected to their work – ask our lawyer in Helston for more details on this).
Likewise, cases involving children must be ‘completed’ or near completion by the time they reach 21 years of age, meaning they have from the age of 18 to start their own proceedings, providing their next of kin has not done so during their childhood.
Keep an eye on the clock and talk to us sooner rather than later, securing the very best lawyer in Helston for your compensation case.
Date Published: 15th February 2014
Author: David Brown