There are times in your life or that of your loved ones when you are going to need help from experts and knowing how personal claim injury assistance can help you get life back to normal after an accident is knowledge worth acquiring. Examples of times when personal claim injury assistance can be good for you include:
- Slips, trips and falls in a public place
- Asbestos related illnesses
- Accidents and illnesses abroad
- Brain, spinal cord and other serious injuries
- Medical negligence claims
- Neglect and abuse claims
- Road traffic accidents
- Accidents and illnesses at work
Time limits for personal claim injury assistance applications
Strict time limits apply for making a personal claim injury. Known as the limitation period, the standard period for commencing proceedings to bring an accident claim for compensation is three years. Failure to commence a court action within that three-year period means that the claim for personal injury compensation becomes time-barred, or statute barred, preventing you from claiming your rightful compensation. Take our 30 second test to get a quick answer on whether you can claim for compensation.
Exceptions to the three-year limitation period
The court, in rare circumstances, might be persuaded to exercise its discretion to allow the matter to proceed outside these time limits but this is always unpredictable and rarely granted.
If you are assaulted, there is a two-year time limit, from the date of the incident, in which one should lodge a claim with the Criminal Injuries Compensation Agency ( C.I.C.A). If you miss this time limit, the CICA may not be willing to consider your application for a personal claim injury application if it is made late. However, it would still be worth at least asking as soon as possible for the matter to be considered, albeit outside the relevant time limit.
Date of knowledge
This is the date that the court will say that you knew or ought to have known that you had developed injury as a result of the wrongdoing of others which could result in a personal claim injury. This is often simple to determine if there is an obvious accident and injury on a specific date. Some conditions and diseases can be more difficult because the injury may not be readily visible, or may have a very slow or obscure rate and mode of development. Therefore, the date of knowledge can be the date that symptoms began. If you had sought medical treatment following your accident and were advised that your injury was minor, only to find some time later that the injury had in fact been more serious all along, then the three-year period would start from the original start of the symptoms or the date that the injury was linked to your accident, referred to as the date of knowledge.
Accident Advice Helpline can advise you on everything you need to do in making a claim for compensation for an accident that was not your fault. Call their team on 0800 689 0500 to discuss things in more detail.