How long do I have to make a personal injury claim?
Generally speaking, you have three years to make a claim for personal injury. This three- year period starts either on the date of the incident; which is usual for most “accidents” whether Road Traffic Accidents, Accidents at Work or Slips, Trips and Falls. Sometimes, if you are not aware that damage has been done, which is not uncommon in Medical Negligence Claims or Industrial Illness (deafness, lung disease etc), the three year period is deemed to start when you become aware of the link between your injury and the act of negligence; this is referred to as the date of knowledge.
If you do not either settle your personal injury claim, or issue proceedings in the County Court within your three -year time limit, your claim will become automatically Statute Barred under the Limitation Act 1980.
There are some shorter time limits for certain types of claim, such as those occurring whilst at sea or in the air and so, we always recommend that you do not delay and contact MG Legal to ensure you have the right advice swiftly and so that we can ensure you do not miss out on your right to claim.