The short answer to this question is “anyone”. Ultimately no one particular type of person can make a claim. However, there is of course a longer answer.
When it comes to making personal injury claims in Hastings it is important to ensure that you meet the legal criteria for doing so. Such criteria include whether or not you have had an accident within the prescribed time limit, whether or not you have been injured, and whether or not the accident in question was your fault.
Time limits for personal injury claims in Hastings
When it comes to personal injury claims in the UK, the time limits usually stated are three years. This means that you must initiate a claim for compensation within three years of the date of your accident, or in the case of industrial diseases, three years since you were first diagnosed.
If you do not start your claim within this time period then there is a good chance that you will not be able to make one.
However, there are some situations in which this deadline can be extended. Generally speaking this relates to minors wanting to make personal injury claims in Hastings. A minor is unable to make a claim on their own behalf. They have the option of either appointing a litigation friend to act on their behalf, or waiting until they come of age at 18 to be able to make a claim in their own right.
If you are a minor, or the guardian of a minor who might be eligible to make a claim for compensation then please contact us at Accident Advice Helpline today to discuss the best options.
The type of personal injury you have suffered also plays a part in the validity of personal injury claims in Hastings. It is logical to assume that you cannot make a claim for compensation for every minor injury that you sustain as a result of an accident.
For example, if you are in a restaurant and you cut your finger on the paper menu you are presented with it would not be sensible to make a claim against the owner of the establishment. A claim for compensation should only be pursued when a personal injury is significant enough to have had a negative effect on your life.
This may mean that you have suffered significant pain or discomfort, have had to take time away from work to recover, have had to seek medical attention or treatment or have had to make alterations to your lifestyle following your injury.
One of the most important factors to establish when making personal injury claims in Hastings is liability – or who is responsible for the accident.
The amount of compensation you are likely to receive will be affected if you are found to be partially responsible for the accident and injuries. To find out how much you might be able to claim, take our 30-second test.
For more information dial 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.