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How much time do I have to make a personal injury claim following an accident at work?

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When should an accident or disease be reported to the Health and Safety Executive?

All types of personal injury claims have a limitation period. This means that there is a set period of time in which a person (a claimant) can bring a claim to court.

The general rule is that you have three years from the date of your accident at work within which to issue a claim at court but there are some exceptions. Limitation law can be very complicated and calculating the correct limitation for a claim is often not straightforward, especially when dealing with claimants who lack capacity.

If a claim is not issued at court within the three year time limit then the claim is likely to be barred and the claimant will not be able to make a claim. The court does, however, have a wide discretion to override the usual three year limitation period but it is best practice to avoid seeking this discretion from the court and to therefore issue the claim in good time.

As a result, it is therefore essential that you seek legal advice as soon as possible following an accident at work. Although the thought of seeking legal advice may be daunting, we at Stephensons are different. We are not just solicitors, we are real people who understand difficult circumstances and we will support you in getting the compensation you deserve. At Stephensons, we go above and beyond to provide a service that covers your needs. Please contact us today on 0175 321 6399.

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