CAN I MAKE A PERSONAL INJURY CLAIM?*
If you have been injured in an accident which was somebody else’s fault then the answer is yes you can, provided you bring your personal injury claim within the relevant time limit. However personal injury is a complex area of law, so if you have been involved in an accident and are considering making a claim you should consult a specialist injury lawyer to find out if you can claim compensation for pain and suffering, loss of earnings, and any other losses.
A personal injury claim generally must be brought within two years of the date of the accident, or in some cases, such as medical negligence, the date of knowledge of injury. This time limit is commonly known as the statute of limitations. There are some limited exceptions to the two-year time limit for certain types of personal injury claims e.g. assault cases, accidents involving children, accidents on-board commercial aircraft, etc.
The big insurance companies have for many years ran a relentless and effective public relations campaign vilifying victims of personal injury. The purpose of which is to influence public opinion to secure changes to the legal system to the detriment of injury victims in order to boost profits for their shareholders. This campaign has been so effective that very many genuine injury victims are now reluctant and some even feel almost guilty about seeking the compensation they are legally entitled to and deserve. We do not under any circumstances condone fraudulent claims but, despite what the powerful insurance lobby might like you to believe, fraudulent claims are in reality very rare. We therefore do not believe that any genuine injury victim should ever feel uncomfortable about claiming the compensation they are legally entitled to and` deserve. After all this is the whole point or raison d’être for insurance in the first place!
Very often people mistakenly believe they can’t make a claim because they were partly at fault for their accident. This is particularly common with accidents at work or slip, trip and fall accidents. Even if you think the accident was partly your fault you may still be able to make a personal injury claim. However, if you were partly at fault this is known as contributory negligence and could result in your compensation being reduced.
McSweeney Solicitors are specialist personal injury lawyers and will give you honest, clear and impartial advice on your case. You can speak to a specialist injury lawyer on a no obligation basis and we will be happy to answer any of your questions. We can help you achieve the best possible result out of your personal injury claim by fighting to ensure you receive adequate and fair compensation. So contact us today and let us help you with the next steps in making a compensation claim.
*In contentious business, a solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage of any award or settlement.