If you’re looking for a personal injury lawyer in Bingley then most of the time it should be fairly straightforward, but some complications can crop up. Here we’ll look at some of the things that may get in your way and how you can overcome them.
The three year rule
For most personal injury cases there is a three year time limit for making a claim. That’s the amount of time you can allow to slip past before you launch a claim.
This time starts not necessarily from the date of the accident, but from the date of knowledge – in other words, the moment you first realise the full extent of the injury and what it implies. So, if you have a long term condition which is diagnosed, then the date of knowledge extends from that diagnosis.
However, there is an exception to this rule. If a child is injured then that three year limit does not start until the age of eighteen which means they will have until 21 to make a claim. That does not mean that you have to wait until 18 to make a claim – you’re free to do so at any time and indeed it can be beneficial to do that as the memory will still be fresh.
Problems with the other side
In many personal injury cases you will not be claiming directly against the defendant but against their insurance company. For example, as motorists we’re all required to carry third party motor insurance with us to cover any damages inflicted against the other drivers. However, there may be problems if the other side is uninsured as a minority of drivers are.
However, you can still make a claim by going to the Motor Insurers’ Bureau.
Again, while some cases are open and shut others can be more complex. For example a brain injury could be difficult to work out and if the other side contests the case then it could drag on for many years. To give you the best chance of winning you’ll need a specialist lawyer who has the resources for a long term legal fight.
Looking for a personal injury lawyer in Bingley?
You should always think about the type of lawyer you need when making a claim. This should match up against the type of accident you’ve suffered. So, if you’ve been hurt on the roads, you’ll need someone who specialises in traffic law. If you’ve been hurt in the street you’ll need someone who often makes claims against the Council.
We do not have a personal injury lawyer in Bingley working directly for us but this doesn’t matter, we can still help you claim as we are a national injury law firm that covers all areas of the UK. So if you need a personal injury lawyer in Bingley or anyway make us your first point of call.
To find out more about how we can help you, give us a call on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: 28th March 2014
Author: David Brown