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How long do I have to claim for a personal injury?

Whether you’ve sustained a work-related injury, been in a road accident or had an accident abroad through no fault of your own, it might have crossed your mind to claim compensation for the suffering you’ve had to endure.

In most cases, the amount of time you have to seek compensation is three years from the date the accident occurred (to your knowledge). So if your accident took place a few years ago, you may still be able to claim.

Like most things, the three-year deadline isn’t a one-size-fits-all rule, and sometimes exceptions are allowed depending on your circumstances. However, this is not normal practice, so it make sense to seek  compensation within that three-year window.

In more complex cases such as industrial disease and medical negligence, there are longer time limits because of the time it can take for symptoms and diagnosis to be made.  For example, the side-effects of poor plastic surgery might only become apparent some years after the surgery took place.

Similarly, work-inflicted injury claims can be more prone to overrunning the time limit because they cannot necessarily be pinpointed to one single event. Often injuries in the workplace are a result of issues that have built up over time. For example, it might be that you’ve been working in a noisy environment without the right ear-protection for years, but it’s only when you develop hearing difficulties that the problem comes to light.

The time limit is also different when it comes to claiming personal injury compensation for children. If your child is injured in an accident at a young age, you have two options. You can either claim on their behalf while they are under the age of 18, or you can wait for them to file a claim when they officially become an adult at 18, in which case the three-year time limit starts on their 18th birthday.

It can be tricky understanding the rules surrounding timeframes for claiming personal injuries. Contact us today and our advisors will guide you through the whole process. Or, if you’d prefer, fill in an online claim form and we’ll be in touch.