How long do you have to pursue a claim for personal injury compensation? In this article, we will give some very basic and generalised advice about how long you might have to pursue a case.
However, as we have issued in our important warnings below, make sure to actually speak to our legal team for free, no-obligation legal advice to ascertain the applicable limitation date in your case. You cannot rely on generalised advice and try to work it out yourself, so make sure you do not do this as you could risk missing out on your chance to pursue thousands of pounds in damages.
Important warnings about limitation advice
It is necessary for us to issue important warnings in respect of any limitation advice that is given on a very general guidance basis. Really, the only way to properly confirm the actual limitation period dates that apply in your case is to formally seek legal advice from a specialist solicitor.
Any information we provide in this article is strictly for very basic guidance only and must never be relied upon as a firm calculation in respect of how long you do have to pursue a case. We must make this really clear to make sure that you do not inadvertently rely on basic and generalised advice as you could miss a deadline and be prevented from pursuing a case at all.
You can contact our team for free, no-obligation legal advice here now about the prospects of succeeding with a case and how long you might have left to pursue a claim.
General guidance: how long do you have to claim compensation
How long do you have to pursue a compensation claim in accordance with the law of England and Wales? This can be a common question that people ask, and here is some very general and basic guidance that must not be used as firm advice, as we referenced above, to try to help a little.
Generally speaking, people normally have three years from the date of an accident or incident in which to pursue a case. This means that you must either have settled the claim or issued court proceedings prior to the applicable date, or you could be statute barred from claiming. Being statute barred from claiming essentially means that the opponent in a case could raise a defence to say that you are out of time to pursue a claim.
In some cases, there is not necessarily an accident or incident date to run the limitation period from, but a date of knowledge instead. The date of knowledge can generally be a date on which you knew that you may have been the victim of negligence, or ought to have reasonably known that you were the victim of negligence. This can be common in medical negligence cases and could be when you first started experiencing complications, or when you sought advice and were informed that something had gone wrong.
But, again, when it comes to answering the question firmly in respect of how long do you have to pursue a case, you must make sure to speak to our team for formal advice here.
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