If you have suffered an injury through no fault of your own, then you may consider making a claim for compensation.


Being involved in an accident or sustaining injury through the negligence of another party can really put your life on hold. Someone who has been injured might be unable to work, drive or continue with their day-to-day life and hobbies. Depending on the severity of their injuries and how long they are affected, some people require care, incur costs for private treatment and equipment or face a lengthy period being unable to earn an income. This is where a reasonable sum of compensation can really help.


However, there are strict time limits in place for pursuing personal injury claims and if you fail to act in good time, unfortunately, you may find yourself being statute barred from pursuing a claim.


Our Personal Injury Lawyers at Lamb Brooks give an overview of the time restrictions that you may face.


Time Limits on Injury Claims


An injured party has 3 years from the date of the accident or 3 years from the date of knowledge in order to pursue a claim.


It is not uncommon for people not to realise the extent of their injuries until sometime after the incident has taken place and sometimes medical professionals can take time to identify problems arising from an injury. For example, back injuries can get progressively worse over time or industrial illnesses can take years to surface.


For a child who has been injured, a parent or guardian can pursue a claim on their behalf and the 3 year limitation period does not expire until 3 years after their 18th birthday. It is also possible for a child to pursue their own claim once they are over 18.

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When Should You Start a Claim?


Ideally you should start enquiring about an injury claim as soon as possible. Once you have attended to more urgent issues – such as seeking medical attention or dealing with insurance, the next call to make is to your local injury experts at Lamb Brooks.


The earlier you start your claim process, the better; your memory of the event will be clearer, it will be easier to obtain evidence and it allows you plenty of time to get your case moving before the limitation period draws nearer.


Personal Injury claims can take a long time to reach settlement or progress to court, so it is always advised to contact a lawyer in good time. That said, sometimes people who have suffered an injury may need to wait a little longer before their claim can be accepted by a lawyer due to them needing more information or evidence.


Seeking Advice


If you think that you might have a claim for compensation, or have a friend or family member who could benefit from speaking to a lawyer, then please get in touch with our Personal Injury Team today.


Our team have a collective experience of over 60 years working with individuals and families who have been affected by accidents or injuries that were not their fault and operate on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis.


Lamb Brooks are a local high street law firm which means you benefit from speaking directly to a qualified expert rather than dealing with a call centre. They will work on your case from start to completion, keeping you updated and supporting you every step of the way in what can be a difficult time.


To find out if you have a claim, call 01256 844888, email enquiries@lambbrooks.com or speak to our online chat assistant at any time of day.


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The contents of this article are for the purposes of general awareness only. They do not purport to constitute legal or professional advice.  The law may have changed since this article was published.   Readers should not act on the basis of the information included and should take appropriate professional advice upon their own particular circumstances.