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Beat the clock when submitting a claim

Beat the clock when submitting a claim

There are a number of misconceptions about how long you have to seek compensation following an accident. Some people believe that the process must begin immediately or risk losing out. Others think they can submit a claim at any time regardless of the number of years that have passed. In reality, there is a reasonable time limit in place – 3 years.

We often receive enquiries about claiming for compensation from people that have unfortunately allowed the time limit to run out. Once the 3 year period from an accident has expired the window of opportunity may be closed for good. After this it’s no longer possible to submit a claim. However, there are some exceptions.

The time limit is for the submission of a claim rather than its conclusion. This is because some cases can run on for several years depending on complexity. Furthermore, the 3 year limit begins from the point of a diagnosis of an injury rather than the exact date that the injury occurred. This is because some injury types don’t manifest themselves for years. Common examples of this happening is with noise-induced hearing loss and asbestosis, both of which may not develop symptoms for a while.

If you were injured in an accident that happened in the past 3 years don’t let your time run out. Click here to learn more about our services or contact us for a free, no obligation chat with a solicitor.

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With our specially designed app, clients have the option to be updated by their solicitor throughout the entire claim process. You can message us with answers or queries and even attach photographs to help speed up your case. The app is also loaded with a fully functional secure & encrypted document signature feature.

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All initial enquiries are completely free of charge allowing for the opportunity to determine if a claim is possible before committing. Should a claim proceed, our final bill is recovered from the third party's insurers.

"No Win No Fee" is not permitted in Northern Ireland. However, some clients may be eligible for legal aid or legal expenses insurance.


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