If you’ve experienced a personal injury, it’s crucial to contact us as quickly as possible if you wish to claim compensation. Getting in touch with us promptly makes it easier for us to gather witnesses to support your case. There are also time constraints set down in law which make it vital for you to initiate your claim as early as you can.
How long after an accident do I have to bring a personal injury claim?
You typically have to submit a personal injury claim within three years of the date of accident or the date of diagnosis for your disease. Some people refer to this time restriction as the “limitation period” and it’s vitally crucial that you don’t wait too long before commencing your claim.
Can I sue for an accident after three years?
The court can extend the three year time restriction but this is unusual and would need an exceptionally solid justification. It’s safer to anticipate that there will be no extension to this time restriction and you should get in touch with us to commence your claim as soon as possible following your accident.
Are there any exceptions to the three year personal injury time limit?
Yes, there are various exceptions to this time limit, including:
• Claims on behalf of children — they can be submitted at any stage before the child’s 18th birthday. When the kid turns 18, they can make their own claim at any moment up to turning 21
• Criminal injury claims – if you’ve been harmed in a violent crime, the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) will handle your case. The CICA provides a time limit of two years to lodge a claim following an occurrence
• Mental capacity – there are no time restrictions to make a claim on behalf of someone who doesn’t have the ability to manage their own case \s• Fatal claims – to make a claim on behalf of your loved one, you’ll have three years from the day they died to submit a claim. If a post-mortem decided that an accident or illness was the cause of death, you have three years from the day you discovered out
• Accidents on board ships – after an accident on a cruise liner or ferry, you’ll normally have two years to submit a claim from the day when you departed the ship. The same time restriction applies on board cargo ships but will count from the day of your injury \s• Overseas flights – following an accident on an international trip, you’ll have two years to lodge a claim from your arrival at your ultimate destination. This includes if you had an accident after you passed through passport control
• Domestic flights — you have to claim within two years of the flight landing
• Accidents/illnesses abroad — various time restrictions apply overseas based on the country’s legislation. Contact us as soon as possible to find out more
Does my claim need to conclude within the time limit?
You must record your claim with the court within three years. Depending on the complexity of your case and the severity of your injuries, it may not be feasible to conclude your claim within three years. But as long as you have registered your case with the court within the time limit (known as “issuing proceedings”) then there’s no need to worry.