Kelly Langworthy, an experienced Personal Injury solicitor at JMP Solicitors, emphasises the importance of understanding the time limits for making a compensation claim after an accident.
The limitation period sets the time within which you must bring a personal injury claim. Typically, you have 3 years from the date of the incident to pursue a claim. Failure to initiate Court proceedings within this timeframe may result in losing your right to bring a claim against the negligent party, effectively time-barring your pursuit of the claim.
Different types of cases have varying limitation periods. For instance, accidents on boats or on an aircraft, and claims for criminal injuries under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) scheme can have a 2-year time limit and fatal accident claims have a 3-year limitation period from the date of death. Additionally, special rules apply to children and protected parties, with the 3-year time period starting from the child’s 18th birthday and from the time protected parties regain capacity to handle their legal affairs.
In some exceptional circumstances, the limitation period may be extended under section 33 of the Limitation Act, but relying on this possibility is not recommended, as extensions are not always granted.
Acting promptly is crucial if you believe you have a claim. Doing so ensures that essential documentation can be gathered, and witness memories remain intact. Delaying the claim could hinder liability investigations and make it harder to prove your case. Early involvement of solicitors also enables them to seek funding for immediate rehabilitation or treatment, if required, and provide support for your best possible recovery after the accident.
At JMP Solicitors, Kelly and her team of dedicated legal advisors specialise in personal injury claims. They understand the complexities involved and are committed to acting swiftly and efficiently, ensuring your claim is handled in a timely and professional manner. Their priority is securing the compensation you deserve while providing the support and guidance you need throughout the process.
To learn more about how JMP Solicitors can assist you after an accident, you can contact us on 01476 565295 to speak with one of our experienced legal advisors.