If you’ve suffered a whiplash injury in Cheshire, which wasn’t your fault, and it happened sometime in the last three years, but you haven’t yet launched a compensation claim, it’s time to look into it.
The current 3-year statute of limitations could be lowered
It is being speculated that the statute of limitations, (which is currently set at three years), may be reduced. It could be one of the moves being planned as part and parcel of a new, stricter, claims regime as far as whiplash injuries are concerned .
Current exceptions to 3 year rule
The current statute of limitations states that the date set for any court action with regard to hearing a claim for compensation must be within three years following the realisation of the injury. Anything outside that time window and the injury victim loses his/her right to process their claim.
There are certain exceptions. For example, if the injury victim is a minor, (and in the case of personal injuries, this means anyone under the age of 18 at time they are injured), the window is frozen until their 18th birthday, after which the three year time period starts counting down. The other possible exception is if there are some extenuating circumstances as to why no action has been taken; for example, whereby a work related disease or illness didn’t materialise during that timeframe.
Organised crime has got in on the act
The problem is that because whiplash injury is such a prevalent injury and the compensation awards are relatively high, (anywhere from a basic £875 to an enormous £16,000 or more for chronic whiplash injury), this category of injury has become a target for organised crime, whereby accidents are faked, as our medical reports, in order to obtain fraudulent compensation.
The lowering of the statute of limitations, and the closer scrutiny of accident details and medical proof are all things that could be brought into play in order to try and minimise the amount of fraud that is taking place.
If you suffered a whiplash injury in Cheshire in the last 3 years act now while there’s still time
If you suffered a whiplash injury in Cheshire sometime in the last three years, now is the time to act, providing you still have access to medical proof of the injury, and or any other type of proof or evidence that the accident took place, and that you did indeed suffer a genuine whiplash injury.
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Date Published: 8th May 2014