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Time Limits for Personal Injury Claims

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM -- (Marketwire) -- 02/12/13 -- If you have suffered a personal injury as a result of a road traffic accident that was not your fault, you may be entitled to make a claim for the injuries you have sustained. However, you must be aware that there are time limits to abide to. It is essential that you should not hesitate to seek legal advice from accident claim lawyers before it is too late.

Time Limits

You will have three years to make a claim, starting from the date of the accident or in certain cases three years from the date of knowledge i.e the date you became aware of your injury. However a whiplash injury usually appears from the outset of the accident.

If you were under the age of 18 at the time of the accident, you will have three years from the date of your 18th birthday. This means you will have until your twenty-first birthday to make a claim.

What happens if I'm too late to claim?

If the three years have passed and you have not made a claim, you will not be able to proceed to make a claim. If you are nearly at the three year mark, you may also find it hard to secure a solicitor who will take your claim on. That is why it is essential that you should not hesitate to seek early advice and before it's too late.

Time Limits do not apply to:

Those who are unable to manage their own legal affairs because of a mental incapacity.

Time Limits outside England and Wales

There are different time limits for accidents occurring outside England and Wales and the legal procedures can vary from country to country. In many countries, the limit is shorter than three years and it is therefore imperative that you do not hesitate to seek legal advice as soon as the accident has occurred.

Not sure?

If you are still unsure if you are within the time limits to make personal injury claims, do not hesitate to call First Personal Injury who can assist you with your claim.

About First Personal Injury

First Personal Injury was up until the end of 2012, and for 5 years prior to that, a trading name for Jefferies Solicitors Limited.

First Personal Injury now comprises of 14 solicitors firms from around the country.

First Personal Injury has a wealth of experience in dealing with personal injury matters such as medical negligence and the work accident claim process, amongst others and is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

For further information, to use online tools such as the work accident compensation calculator, or to find out if you can make a claim, please contact First Personal Injury free and confidentially at www.firstpersonalinjury.co.uk or on 0800 014 1629.

First Personal Injury
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