Are There Time Limits For Making A Claim?
There are strict rules in place for bringing Court proceedings and these vary depending on the type of claim that is being made. For example, a claim based on contract has to be brought within six years of the date of the incident under which the action is being brought.
The rules on personal injury and negligence cases are more restricted in that any claim has to be made within three years of the date of the accident, or within three years of the date of knowledge in cases where the consequences of the accident are not felt until much later (common in industrial injury / exposure to harmful substance cases such as asbestos and mesothelioma).
There are of course some exceptions to this rule. One example is that in cases of children, the claim must be brought within three years of the child’s 18th birthday (i.e. before the child turns 21). Another example is that if you are bringing a claim on behalf of a deceased then the claim can be made within three years of the date of death, with the compensation paid to the deceased’s estate.
It is important to note that in order to comply with the rules a claim has to be filed at Court within three years of the date of the accident and therefore, so that you do not fall foul of the rules, you should ensure that you appoint a personal injury solicitor** in Cardiff to deal with your case as soon as possible. This will give your solicitor** an opportunity to investigate the merits (and de-merits) of the case before having to file the claim at Court.
This investigatory work and all subsequent work will be done on a no win no fee* basis and therefore you do not have to worry about expensive legal fees before approaching our solicitors** Cardiff about bringing a claim on your behalf.
A claim can only be brought outside of the time limits in limited circumstances and is likely to require the consent of the Court which will only be granted in limited circumstances.