Know your limits

Our litigation department get a lot of calls from people who have, unfortunately, left it too late to be able to do anything about their case. Usually for well intentioned reasons, but “A good intention with a bad approach, often leads to a poor result”.

The law is full of time limits, and if you miss them, more often than not that will be the end of your claim. Just to make matters slightly more difficult there are lots of different time limits depending upon the type of case. For example if you slip on some steps in your place of work and suffer injury, the time limit to bring the claim is most likely 3 years. But if you are at work on a cruise liner that time limit becomes 2 years. And if you are under 18 at the time of your accident it most likely becomes something else.

If you want to sue somebody for breach of contract you normally have 6 years to bring that claim, but for a claim against your employer for unfair dismissal you have 3 months.

And, just in case it all seemed a little straightforward – time limits do not always start to run from when you think they do!

Which is why you need to get advice straightaway. It could save you a lot of difficulties later on.

We offer initial free advice sessions by telephone or in the office, which will give you the opportunity to find out just where you stand, and what you need to know.

Hopefully you will be able to resolve your dispute yourself, and will never have to worry about time limits, but don’t let the first time you do be just after that time limit has expired!

Call Andrew Marsden on 01924 473065 or Hayley Walker on 01924 443900 for help and and advice.