If you live in or around Betchworth and have suffered an injury, then you should quickly consider whether or not you can make a claim for compensation. That’s because there is only a three-year period, so it pays to find a personal injury lawyer in Betchworth who can help with your claim sooner rather than later.
A time limit
Under UK law most personal injury cases come with a maximum wait of three years, during which time you can consider whether you want to make a claim. Anything longer than that and the law believes that it will be difficult to delve that far back in everyone’s memories in order to get at the truth.
There are some exceptions to this rule. In reality, it is not actually the date of the accident for which you need to watch out, but the date from which you are aware of the implications the accident has had. For example, if you’ve contracted a long-term illness such as industrial deafness, this could date from the moment at which you are diagnosed.
There is also a special exception in the cases of children. If a child is hurt, then you are at liberty to make a claim at any time. However, the three-year limit doesn’t start ticking down until the child reaches the age of 18, so there is a bit more leeway.
Get a move on
Now, three years may seem a long time, but you’ll be surprised at how quickly the time can pass, and there are many unfortunate examples when people come to us looking to make a claim and we have to tell them that sadly they have already waited too long. Nobody likes it when that happens, but sometimes it is unavoidable.
If you’ve been hurt quite seriously, your main focus may not be on claiming compensation but trying to adjust to your new way of life. If the injury you’ve suffered has been serious and long-term, you may be making adaptations to your home, getting support in place and just generally adjusting to your new situation in life. It is easy for the time to slip by.
So, when you suffer a personal injury, the question of compensation should be one of the first things you think about.
Finding a personal injury lawyer in Betchworth
If you choose to go looking for a personal injury lawyer in Betchworth, it’s important that you get the right person for your requirements. You want someone who is good at what they do, has a good reputation, and is well versed in your type of personal injury case. There’s not much use finding someone who specialises in workplace injuries if you’ve been hurt in a road accident. At Accident Advice Helpline, we have lawyers covering every aspect of the law so we can find a personal injury lawyer who can help you out.
To find out more, give us a call on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile..
Date Published: 15th August 2017
Author: Jan Newell