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If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, work accident, or in some other way because of someone’s negligence, you can pursue a claim for damages or compensation.
As a general rule, you have three years from the date of your injury to take steps to protect your legal rights or to commence a claim in a Court.
Sadly, there are people who have suffered serious injuries, which have left them with ongoing symptoms and pain. The injuries have left them with physical, psychological, emotional, and financial consequences.
Many of these people may have the opportunity to pursue a claim for damages or compensation. Sometimes, after many months or even years of suffering, they still haven’t obtained legal advice or taken any steps to protect their legal rights.
There are many reasons for this:
While these situations are all understandable, none of them will allow you to bring an action if you are outside the 3-year time limit. The 3-year time limit is quite strict. It is critical to receive legal advice before the 3-year time limit expires.
Find an experienced lawyer who works in Personal Injury law and make an appointment to talk with them as soon as possible after your injury.
Most compensation/injury claim lawyers offer their services on a no win no fee basis, AND there are many who offer their first appointment as ‘no charge’.
It should cost you nothing to find out if you have a claim and to protect your future.
This is a concern that many people have after they suffer a significant injury.
While they initially return to work, ongoing symptoms may prevent them from working in their current position. This means they may need to obtain alternative employment which pays less. Or it may mean they are unable to continue working full-time and need to reduce their hours. This will also result in significant financial loss.
Many people who have suffered an injury are also worried about their long-term ability to continue working.
These are all reasons to urgently obtain legal advice from an experienced solicitor who works in Compensation / Personal Injury law. You may have a common law claim, where you can pursue damages or compensation for the financial consequences of your injury.
In some very limited and very specific circumstances, the law may allow someone who has suffered an injury to pursue a claim even though the 3-year time limit has passed.
Sometimes, a person who has suffered an injury experiences a change in circumstances or has found out something ‘new’ after this 3-year period has passed. This may give them a legal basis to pursue a claim and you may be able to obtain the Court's permission to pursue a claim for damages after the 3-year time limitation has expired.
This is something you should definitely obtain legal advice about (and always from an experienced lawyer who works in this field).
If someone is injured as a child, they have until they turn 21 years of age to commence a claim. However, you shouldn’t be waiting until then. A child’s parent or guardian should be getting legal advice about the circumstances as soon as possible.