If you are considering making a claim for a Welshpool workplace accident, you must be aware of the Statute of Limitations. This law requires you to take legal action against your employer within a strict time limit. With few exceptions, if this time limit passes, the court will bar you from receiving compensation for your injury or illness.
Applying the Statute of Limitations law to your claim for a Welshpool workplace accident
The amount of time that you have to sue your employer depends on a number of factors. The time limit to claim for a Welshpool workplace accident is generally set at three years from the date on which you suffered an injury or illness. However, there are some important exceptions to this rule.
Exceptions to the three-year rule
- Date of knowledge
In some cases, the symptoms of an injury or illness can take years to manifest. In this instance, you will have three years from the date on which you discovered, or ought to have known about, your injury or illness.
- Children under the age of 18
If you were under the age of 18 at the time of your Welshpool accident at work, the three-year time limit will not start on the date of your accident. In this instance, it will begin on your 18th birthday. It will end on your 21st birthday.
- The Mental Health Act
You must have sound mind, memory and understanding to be able to pursue a claim for compensation. If, for example, your injury left you comatose, the time limit will begin on the date you regained consciousness.
- Special circumstances
In certain special circumstances, you may be able to ask the court to use its discretionary power to override the time limit. However, you will only receive an extension if you can show that you have a valid reason for pursuing your claim outside of the usual time limit.
The implications of the Statute of Limitations
If you’re considering making a claim against your employer for a Welshpool workplace accident, you must contact Accident Advice Helpline and speak with a personal injury solicitor about the Statute of Limitations and the impact it may have on your claim. Although three years may seem like ample time in which to pursue a claim, the process of preparing and filing your claim can take a long time.
To start your 100% no-win, no-fee* claim, please contact us as soon as you can. Simply call our helpline on 0800 689 0500 (0333 500 0993 from mobiles), or use our 30-second test.
Date Published: 14th November 2014
Author: Jan Newell