When can I make a claim?

There are strict time limits in personal injury claims within which you must have started court proceedings. For this reason it is important that you seek advice promptly from one of our specialist lawyers. Under English law the time limits are as follows:

  • For most personal injury claims, the time limit is three years from the date of the accident or from the date of knowledge if aged 18 years or over at the time of the accident.
  • The limit for making a personal injury claim is three years from the date of your 18th birthday if you were under 18 years at the time of the accident.
  • These time limits do not apply to people who are unable because of mental incapacity of managing their legal affairs (may differ for a defective product).
  • Also there are different time limits if your accident occurred outside England and Wales or during the course of international travel or if a defective product is involved. Time limits and legal procedures vary from country to country. In many countries the time limits for taking action are much shorter than three years. Early action is always recommended to ensure time limits are not missed.
  • If you wish to bring a CICA claim a two year limitation applies from the date of the incident.

NOTE: If you believe you have missed an important deadline we recommend that you speak to one of our specialist lawyers urgently to see whether the deadline can be extended.


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