The general rules on personal injury time limits are:-

  • For a claim brought in negligence – 3 years
  • For a claim brought under a contractual liability or an assault claim/infliction of deliberate harm – 6 years
  • Criminal Injuries Claim – 2 years
  • Time limits do not start to run until a Claimant is 18
  • If a Claimant is mentally incapacitated, time may never run out
  • Time runs from the date of the injury or the date of “knowledge” if later. Knowledge is defined as knowledge:-
    • That the injury was significant
    • That it was attributable to the Defendants actions or failures
    • Of the identity of the Defendant
  • With very good reason, time can be extended in appropriate cases.

Contact Salmons for More Advice on Personal Injury

Personal injury law can cover many different areas and categories – and if you’ve been injured as a result of somebody else’s negligence or carelessness. Please speak to our personal injury solicitors today. Salmons Solicitors will be happy to provide more clarity regarding the general rules as well as go through your case in as much detail as possible. We were one of the first firms in Newcastle under Lyme and Stoke on Trent to offer a no win no fee services – and throughout our many years as a specialist in personal injury, we have seen numerous clients from Staffordshire, Derbyshire and Cheshire walk through our doors, based on the recommendations and professionalism of our work.