Bideford is a historic port town on the River Torridge in North Devon; it was once (back in the 16th century) Britain’s third largest port, but this is no longer the case.
However, a ferry still runs between Bideford and Lundy Island where, if you are lucky, you might see dolphins, rare birds and seals. It is the last land mass between Britain and the US.
Solicitors in Bideford
There probably are solicitors Bideford based, but there may not be a specialist solicitor to help you fight your case, as there are many facets of the law, and different solicitors have different specialities.
For example, if you were injured in a violent attack, you would need the services of a criminal injuries solicitor, not one who specializes in accidents at work.
You may require the services of solicitors Bideford or elsewhere, if you can prove that an accident in which you were injured was not your fault. You could also be seeking solicitors Bideford if you have been diagnosed with an illness which you can prove was caused by the negligence of another person and or organisation.
How long to file a claim?
You should check with a firm of solicitors Bideford to find out how long you have to file your specific claim if you have been injured, as different types of accident have different limitation periods.
You generally have three years to file a claim if the accident happened in the UK, but there are exceptions to this rule. The sooner you begin the claims’ process the better.
Don’t delay, as time may be running out.
You have three years after first being diagnosed with an illness that was the result of another person’s negligence in which to file a claim.
Victim of an unprovoked assault?
If you have been an innocent victim of an assault, you may be able to make a claim for your injuries through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). You should not have provoked your assailant in any way, and the crime in which you received your injuries should have been reported to the police.
They will have written a report and given you a unique crime reference number, and you should also have sought medical attention for your injuries. You have two years from the date of the crime to file a claim with the CICA.
Although in theory you don’t need a solicitor to represent you, it would be better if you hired the services of a criminal injuries solicitor to help you through the labyrinth of the claims process.
Accident Advice Helpline
For help and advice about your potential claim, call us at Accident Advice Helpline on one of our freephone numbers at any time.
The numbers to ring are 0800 689 0500, (call this number from a landline too), or 0333 500 0993 for mobiles.
Why not call us now for expert legal advice about any aspect of the claims process.
Date Published: 8th April 2014
Author: David Brown