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How long do I have to make a compensation claim?

The Limitation Act 1980 defines how long you have to make a claim for personal injury

Here are some of the key elements within the act:

 

In actions for damages for personal injury, a claim must be brought within three years.*

 

This starts to run either from the date on which the injury occurred or;

 

From the date on which the person injured first had knowledge of the injury. The date of knowledge is the first date on which the claimant has knowledge.

 

4 The limitation period does not effectively start until the claimant reaches the age of 18. e.g. someone who is 15 at the time of an accident would have until their 21st birthday to make a personal injury claim.

 

* Some personal injury claims may have different limitation periods. Always check with your solicitor. For medical claims use our unique time limit calculator tool.

 

The reality is that the sooner you begin your claim the better. However if injuries persist it is best not to agree settlement straight away as you may not get the full compensation you are entitled to.

Why make a claim? Will you have to go to court? How long will my claim take?

Please read more of our pages about accident compensation:

If you have had a fall in a supermarket and would like to make a tripping accident claim contact us on HELPLINE TBA today to see if you could claim compensation.

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