Are There Time Limits To Making A Personal Injury Claim?
As with most areas of law, personal injury claims carry certain time limits. It is important that you seek legal advice from our solicitors** Bradford as soon as possible if you have suffered an injury and want to make a personal injury claim. One of main reasons for this is that the time limits to making a personal injury claim vary depending on the specifics of the particular claim, and seeking advice from a personal injury expert will minimise the risk of you missing any of the prescribed time limits which may mean you losing out on any compensation owed.
Personal Injury Claims – Time Limits
The time limits to making a personal injury claim depend on the type of injury suffered and how the particular injury came about. However, in the majority of personal injury cases the time period (also known as the limitation period) is three years. This means that any personal injury compensation claim for negligence or breach must be made within three years of either the date of the accident or the date that the injury became apparent (in the event that this is a later date).
This three year time limit is defined in more detail in The Limitation Act 1980. It is important to note that there are exceptions to this limitation, and the courts have the discretion to waive the three year time period limitation if they feel that the facts allow it. This time limit is also not applicable when the injuries are suffered by someone under the age of eighteen.
In order to gain a more detailed understanding of the types of time limits involved when making a personal injury claim you should speak to our lawyers Bradford as the time limit may not be three years for your particular compensation claim. For example, if you have suffered an injury whilst on an aeroplane, the limitation period may be two years.
Personal Injury Claims Bradford will be able to assess what the time limit is for your particular claim, and tell you want steps you need to take to ensure that you do not miss it or alternatively provide you with any alternative options if you have already missed it.