You have three years to make a personal injury claim following an accident, although there are some exceptions to this rule.

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Time limits in personal injury claims

Personal injury claims are subject to a time limit. This includes all types of accident claims, including work accidents, road traffic accidents and public liability accidents.

The general rule is that you have three years to bring a claim. This usually starts from the date of your accident. So, if you were knocked off your bike on 1 March 2017, you have until 1 March 2020 to bring a claim.

Three years might seem like a lot of time. However, claims can take many months to complete. In complex cases, it can take years. Therefore, it is better to start your claim sooner, rather than later. This gives your personal injury solicitor time to prepare your case, maximising your chances of success.

What happens if you miss the deadline?

If the three year limitation period expires and you have not brought a claim, you have missed your chance to obtain compensation. Sometimes it is possible to extend the deadline, although not always. This means that even if you clearly have grounds to make a personal injury claim, you will not be allowed to.

Exceptions to the three year rule

There are some exceptions to the three year rule. This includes –

A later date of knowledge

The three year time limit starts from the date you became aware of your injuries, or you realised they occurred due to negligence. If you are knocked off your bike, then you know straightaway that you have been injured. This means the limitation period starts from the date of the accident.

But in some cases, there is a later date of knowledge. For instance, you might be exposed to asbestos at work, but develop mesothelioma 20 years later. If so, the three year time limit begins when you should reasonably have suspected you had grounds for a claim. With mesothelioma, this could be the date of your diagnosis.

The injured person is a minor

If the person bringing a claim is under the age of 18, the three year time limit does not begin until their eighteenth birthday. This means they have until the age of 21 to bring a claim.

Mental incapacity

If the person bringing a claim lacks mental capacity, the three year time limit does not begin until he/she has regained capacity. If this does not happen, there are no time restrictions.

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Due to the time limits involved in personal injury claims, we urge you to get early legal advice.

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