June 21, 2018
If you have been injured through no fault of your own, whether as a result of a road traffic accident, an accident in your workplace or a slip, trip or fall on a public highway you may be considering making a claim for personal injury compensation. If you can prove that the accident occurred due to somebody else's negligent act (or failure to act) then you are likely to be able to pursue a successful claim for compensation. However there are very strict time limits for pursuing personal injury claims and there can be little, or nothing, you can do if you fail to act in time.
The general rule for adults who are considering making a claim for personal injury compensation have three years from the date of the accident in which to bring a claim. If your claim has not been settled, or court proceedings have not been issued, by the third anniversary (3 years) of the accident then you will be prevented in law from making a claim. There are some exceptions to this rule, but they are not easy to meet.
However, if your injury or illness was caused by the negligent act or omission of a member of the medical profession, then your claim would be classed as 'clinical or medical negligence' and the three year time limit may start from the time the act or omission of the medical professional treating you was identified as being the cause of your injury of illness (which may be some time after the actual event). If your claim resulted from an industrial accident or illness the three year period does not start running until the claimant first had 'knowledge' of the medical condition which is usually determined as the date upon which a positive diagnosis was confirmed by a qualified doctor.
So, if you are considering to make a claim for personal injury compensation be sure that you still have time left.
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