If you’d like to learn how to claim compensation for an accident or injury, you’ve come to the right place.
Below, you can find answers to some important questions about claiming compensation. You can also find lots of links to useful resources on the topic too.
How To Claim Under Personal Injury Law
Making a claim under personal injury law isn’t always straightforward. While you can represent yourself, doing so without prior knowledge is tricky.
An easier course of action is to work with a solicitor. However, to do so you will need to meet certain criteria. They are:
- That the defendant owed you a duty of care
- They breached that duty of care
- And as a result of the breach, you suffered an injury or illness
It’s also necessary to take legal action within the relevant time limit, which we’ll discuss next.
How Long Do I Have To Make A Claim?
As well as meeting the above criteria, it’s also necessary to make a claim within the time limits set out in the Limitation Act 1980.
Under this, you have:
- 3 years from the date of the accident to issue court proceedings
- In some cases, namely medical negligence and industrial disease, you can argue that the 3 years should run from the date you obtained knowledge that the injury or illness suffered was at least partially caused by the defendant’s negligence
There are exceptions to the rules above:
- If the injured person was under the age of 18 at the time of the accident then the limitation period is frozen until they turn 18. At that point, they have until their 21st birthday to issue court proceedings
- If the injured person lacks or loses the mental capacity to represent themselves, then the time limit is frozen until they regain capacity.
- In both circumstances above, it’s possible to still make a claim right away. However, a litigation friend is required.
To learn more about the time limits for claiming, please get in touch on the number at the top of this page.
How AccidentClaims.co.uk Can Help You
Here at AccidentClaims.co.uk, we have helped many people get the compensation they deserve. We offer a free case consultation to everyone who gets in touch. During that chat, we’ll learn all about your case and how it affected you.
We can then give you advice on whether or not you could claim compensation and how we can help you.
We offer a No Win No Fee service, meaning you can start your case today without having to pay a penny upfront. In fact, you only pay a fee if your case succeeds, and that is deducted from the compensation you’re awarded. This fee will be set out at the very beginning and will not change, so you know going into the claim what you may pay.
To get started, please call us for free on the number at the top of this page.