Limitation – deadline for bringing personal injury claim

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Demelza Pallant – Personal Injury Solicitor about deadline for personal injury claim

When you have suffered an injury as a result of an accident or developed an illness or disease as a result of negligence, there is a deadline for bringing personal injury claim for compensation. Usually this time limit is three years, however there are some exceptions, for example where the accident has occurred in a different country or at sea.

The time limit starts from the date of the accident and, in order to bring your claim, you must have issued court proceedings by this date. Alternatively, where an illness or disease has developed, you usually have three years from the date of knowledge i.e. the time the link was made between the illness or disease and the event which caused it.

Although three years may seem like a long time, it is often better to start your claim sooner rather than later. If you are running out of time to make your claim it does not necessarily mean that you can’t claim, but you will need to speak to us as soon as possible for us to assess your case.

There are various stages to go through during the course of a claim. We obtain medical evidence on your behalf, as well as gathering documents to assist us in calculating any financial losses you have sustained as a result of the injury and illness, which can be quite a time consuming procedure.

It is always easier to obtain evidence as soon as possible after the accident has occurred or the disease has developed. Witnesses will be easier to trace, and your own recollection of events is likely to be clearer. Any documentation which may be relevant to your claim is likely to still exist and this can be requested on your behalf.

If you are nearing the three year time limit there may still be time to bring your claim and we will do all we can to help you.

If you have any questions or need assistance with a personal injury claim, please contact Demelza Pallant by email, call 01453 847200 or visit one of our offices in Stroud, Dursley or Gloucester.


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