There are strict time limits for the issue of court proceedings in claims for personal injury compensation and claims for damages in professional negligence.

For most adults the time limit for commencing court proceedings following an injury in England or Wales will be three years after the date of the accident.

In a claim for professional negligence the corresponding time limit for issuing court proceedings is usually six years from the date of the negligent incident.

However the rules on time limits are complex (for example, there are different time limits in many cases for young people under 18 and for people who don’t have full mental capacity).

Even lawyers often find themselves in trouble for getting time limits wrong, so the best course of action is to get expert legal advice as soon as possible about the time limits applicable to your own case.

If you’d like some free advice please contact us.