You may have heard that if you have been involved in an accident, regardless of where it occurred or to all intents and purposes the injuries you have sustained, you may be able to secure compensation. This is indeed true; however, there are some criteria that need to be met first. You will need to be able to demonstrate that you are within the right time frame to make a claim and that the accident was in fact someone elses fault in Poole.
How long do you have to make a claim?
Generally speaking all claims must be made within three years of the date that it can be reasonable to associate the injury you are claiming for with the accident or incident that caused it.
While that may seem like a long winded way of saying that you have three years, the fact is that you have three years depending on the circumstances.
If for example you are involved in a car accident and you break your leg it is quite clear that the accident caused that injury. You will therefore have three years from the date that the accident occurred. It’s a specific event that can be easily identified and linked to the injury in question.
However, if you have been diagnosed with a condition such as asthma, hearing loss or even mesothelioma then you could be able to make a claim against your employer if you think your condition is linked to the work that you do. It would be impossible to ascertain when the condition started, you are unlikely to remember when your symptoms first presented themselves, so you will have three years from the date of diagnosis.
In some cases you will have three years from the date it became reasonable to associate your condition with your work or employment – whether past or present.
You will also have three years from the date of your 18th Birthday if you were a minor at the time of your accident. As you can see, the timeline varies so it is always best to seek advice.
Was it someone elses fault in Poole?
In order to make a claim there must be someone to blame – and that someone cannot be you.
Taking the above examples if you can show that your car accident was someone else’s fault (and there will no doubt be evidence) then you can easily make a claim. Industrial diseases can be more complex, but that is what Accident Advice Helpline are here for.
To find out if we can help you with your claim just call us on either 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: 26th October 2015
Author: David Brown