Personal Injury Claim Time Limit

The time limit for bringing your personal injury claim depends upon whether you are an accident victim or a victim of crime.

Ordinarily you have three years from the date of your accident in order to commence Court proceedings. After that your claim would usually lapse and be "time barred". So don't delay - Call us immediately. However, there are many exceptions which make the rules about time limits very complex:

  1. If the Claimant is a minor, i.e. under 18 when they have their accident, then the 3 year time period does not start to run until they are 18. So they have until their 21st birthday.
  2. If the Claimant dies after the accident then the personal representatives of the deceased have 3 years from the date of death to make a claim on behalf of the estate. (the claim would not lapse on death).
  3. If the accident happens abroad or on a boat or aeroplane the rules may differ and there could be a two year limit instead of three years.
  4. If you don't realise you have been injured then the time limits will run from the date when you realised, or should have realised that you had a claim. This is very complicated so we would look into it for you and tell you when that "date of knowledge" would be. This situation often arises in cases of medical negligence or when people are injured by processes or chemicals such as asbestos.