When to make a Personal Injury Claim

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When to make a Personal Injury Claim

When can I make a claim?

There are various strict time limits within which you must begin legal action in a personal injury claim. These time limits vary and can depend on the accident circumstances and the nature of your injuries.

This is why it is so important to contact a personal injury solicitor as soon as possible following an accident, injury or diagnosis of illness. The limitation rules can then be explained and you can be advised as to which time limits are applicable to your claim.

In England and Wales, court proceedings must be commenced within three years of the date of an accident or in the case of illnesses or medical negligence, three years from the date when you first became aware of your illness or three years from when you first became aware you had suffered injury as a consequence of medical treatment.

Failure to act within this three-year limitation period means that claimants forfeit their right to claim.

Children under the age of 18 are allowed to commence proceedings any time before their 21st birthday.

For defective product claims, court proceedings must be commenced within three years from the date that an injury or accident was caused by the defective product or three years from the date when you first became aware that your illness or injury was caused by the product.

If you have suffered an accident or injury abroad, you need to be aware that time limits often differ from country to country and these may be shorter than the three year limitation rules that currently exist in England and Wales.

In rare cases, the courts may decide to extend the limitation rules, depending on the circumstances of the case.

How can Fentons Solicitors help?

If you think you have a case, or require further assistance with your personal injury claim, why not call our freephone helpline on 0800 019 1297, alternatively complete the brief claims questionnaire.