Time Limits on Making a Personal Injury Compensation Claim

05 August 2022

We are often asked "How long do I have to make a personal or serious injury claim?"  Like the vast majority of compensation claims, a personal or serious injury claim needs to be issued within 3 years of the date you suffered the injury or the date you realised that your injury was the result of someone else’s negligence.  

Exceptions do apply to this ‘three-year rule’:-  

  •  If the injured party is a child, a claim can be issued on their behalf at any time up until they turn 18 years old 
  • If you suffered a serious injury as a child, you have until you turn 21 years old to make a claim
  • For those who lack the requisite mental capacity to make a serious injury claim themselves, there is no time limit applied and a claim can be made on their behalf at any time. 
  • If a loved one has died from their serious injury, you can bring a serious injury claim on their behalf within 3 years of their date of death. 

As the ability to claim is time-limited, it is always advisable that you seek specialist legal advice at the earliest opportunity to ensure that the appropriate steps can be taken to progress your claim within the relevant time period and to avoid you losing any right to claim through inaction.   

Our Litigation Partner Martin Hanna has decades of experience in dealing with personal and serious injury claims. Martin can provide you with a free consultation to discuss your serious injury case.  For further information, call us on 028 9024 3901 or email info@fhanna.co.uk