Andrew Marsden of our Batley office has had a number of enquiries recently from people wanting to bring compensation claims for accidents that happened some time ago. Unfortunately we have not been able to help them, because they have left it too late. And in more than a few of these cases the person would almost certainly have succeeded in their claim and been awarded compensation.
There are strict time limits when it comes to bringing claims.
In a personal injury claim that is 3 years from the date of the accident.
Like most things in the law, there are variations on that, for example if you were under 18 when the accident happened, or in disease cases…..but don’t take a risk. Always assume it is 3 years, unless you are advised otherwise (and that means by a specialist personal injury lawyer, not your mate from down the street).
That time limit is to issue court proceedings, not to submit your claim, or talk to a lawyer about it. And issuing court proceedings is not something that is easily done quickly.
There are lots of, often good, reasons not to start a claim straight away, and you do not have to. You might be cautious about claiming against an employer for example.
BUT get advice as soon as you can.
It is free to have an initial chat with Andrew, what you say is confidential, and it will help you make an informed decision. We will not put any pressure on you to proceed. It is up to you.
You might even discover that you do not have a claim to bring.
But, whatever you do, don’t leave it too late. You really do not want to find out that you should have made that call a lot sooner.
Contact Andrew on 01924 473065, or via any of our other office numbers, by email on [email protected] or by using live chat on our website….