This is a common question many people ask when they suffer injuries in an accident that was not their fault. Some people assume any injuries they suffer, as a result of an accident, must be visible straightaway for them to claim any compensation. However, this is not the case.
What is the three-year time limit on personal injury claims?
You can still claim for an injury that was not apparent until some time after the accident. However, it is important to note there is a time limit in force that you must comply with if you want to make a claim for compensation. This time limit is usually three years for a personal injury claim resulting from an accident.
The limit is applied from the date of the accident, or alternatively, from the date you became aware of your injuries.
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So I’ll still be able to claim if my injury didn’t show up immediately after the accident?
Some injuries do not manifest themselves immediately after an accident. The most common example of this is whiplash. This takes a few hours, sometimes even a few days, to become apparent, rather than straight after the crash takes place.
Whiplash can also seem relatively minor at first, before worsening over the coming days. The main thing to remember is the fact you have suffered an injury – even if it was not apparent to begin with. Providing you can prove the injury was caused by the accident and you are making a claim within the allotted time period, you have a case for compensation.
Should I seek professional help?
Of course, it is advisable to make your claim as soon as possible after you realise you are injured. It is also wise to consult a doctor, as their records will prove you have suffered the injury (or injuries) you are making a claim for. They will additionally be able to identify whether the injury was caused by the accident. In cases where injuries are delayed, the opposition may try to prove your injury already existed before the accident. Confirmation from your doctor can prove otherwise, making your claim a lot easier to settle.
To find out whether you have a good case for a compensation claim in these circumstances, consult our specialist solicitors today for free, no obligation legal advice. We can handle your case on a no win no fee basis in total confidence, as long as your accident falls within the three year window.