Big fat zero.
That could be how much you get for your personal injury, if you miss the time limits!
You can’t just make a personal injury claim whenever you want. There are time limits
. And unless there are exceptional circumstances, the court is strict about enforcing them.
You have to make your claim within three years of:
• the date of your accident, or
• the date you became aware of your injuries.
How do you know which one applies? Well, it depends on when you became aware of your injuries.
The following examples will explain how it works:
The clock runs until the day you lodge your claim with the court.
(The time limits for claims involving minors are slightly different. You can read more here.)
So what does all this mean?
Well, if it’s been a while since you’ve had your accident, or noticed your injuries, you need to act fast.Don’t dither
. If the deadline slips past, you might not have a valid claim at all anymore. You could be letting thousands of pounds slip through your fingers.
What should you do if you think time is running out?
You should speak to a personal injury solicitor
. They’ll be able to advise you what to do. Even if you think the time limit has expired for your claim, you should still see a solicitor. In certain situations, the time limits can be extended
Read on, because in the next section, you’ll find out how to pick the best personal injury solicitor for your case.