Is there a time limit for making a claim?
Yes, it is important that you make a claim to the court within 3 years of the accident. If you were under 18 years old when the accident happened then you have until you turn 21 years of age. The courts can extend this time limit in exceptional cases. Claimants who are over 18 but do not have mental capacity to give instructions can make a claim after their 21st birthday.
In claims involving an industrial/occupational disease the 3 year time limit begins when you become aware, or should have become aware, that your illness was caused by your work.
In claims involving medical negligence, the 3 year limit begins on the date of knowledge i.e. you had an operation in 1998, but only discovered the procedure was wrong, unnecessary etc. during another procedure a routine check-up in 2011. The 3 year limit would start from 2011.
If your accident happens on a ferry or aircraft, or 'air-side' after checking into an airport, the time limit for making a claim is 2 years.
Whatever the time limit for your claim, remember that the sooner you instruct us to proceed with the case the sooner we can obtain the evidence we will need to prove your case.
In some cases the court has a discretion to allow a claim to proceed 'out of time'.