Being involved in accidents or any mishaps that result in injuries is dreadful. The trauma and frustration are compounded if it happened due to someone else’s negligence. Fortunately, the law allows every citizen to claim compensation for damages provided that they have concrete evidence of having no involvement in the incident and that it happened completely because of the other party. 

There are several types of personal injury claims; ranging from car accident compensation claims to workplace accident claims, accidents at public spaces, dog bite claims, and others. In all of these personal injury cases, the time limit outlined by the law is 3 years. The majority of people are aware that they have 3 years from the time the incident occurred to settle their claim or commence court proceedings pursuant to the Limitation Act of 1980. However, the limitation period can be prolonged for claims that include hearing loss, asbestos-related issues, eyesight loss, brain damages, some clinical negligence cases, and other industrial diseases where the symptoms start manifesting after some time. 

At Hamilton Douglas Legal, we have found that most clients choose not to start their injury claim process immediately after the accident. They might think that they have a reasonable period of time to start and get through the case, to take care of other matters. However, this isn’t the right approach in most cases for a multitude of reasons. Let’s shed light on why you should instruct your personal injury solicitor sooner rather than later:


  1. First and foremost, you must get in touch with a solicitor as soon as possible and let them know about all the details because every human tends to forget. No matter how effective your memory recall skills may be, subtle details tend to fade away with time. if you choose to leave the case for a while only to pick it up at some later stage, there’s a high probability that you and other witnesses may have forgotten key facts that are important to establish the liability for the incident. These key facts may include exactly where you tripped over, the speed of the vehicle that bumped into you, the time of the accident, the name of the identity of the person who committed the fault, and many other things. This is why you should inform your solicitor at your earliest. 
  2. If the injury happened due to defective equipment or pavement may change in size or get repaired if you choose to wait. Some people choose to get the investigation started after plenty of days only to find that the defect was repaired and the claim fails. 
  3. Another important reason is that the witnesses can get out of touch and then become very difficult to trace. They might change their contact details, move to some other city, or change their workplace. Witnesses play a great role in formulating a strong witness statement necessary for a strong claim.
  4. Most people have legal expenses insurance for their house contents, vehicles, or other policy. The majority of these insurance companies do not cover the costs of claims if they are brought after the three months period from the date of happening. In such cases, clients typically enter into a conditional fee agreement with law firms. 
  5. If you choose to claim against your employer or any business, you will lose the case if you don’t do it soon enough. This is because they may close down, move to some other place, change their administration, or become hard to trace. 
  6. The defective machinery which caused the accident may be sold or altered in such a way that even an expert engineer may not be able to examine it if liability is denied. 
  7. In most places, CCTVs are kept for more than a month. CCTVs are typically the most vital shred of evidence in establishing the liability of the accident. 
  8. Lastly, the law changes very frequently, and if you don’t pursue a solicitor soon enough, you run at a risk of having the laws change which may deny you the right to claim compensation. 

It is advisable to see a professional solicitor as soon as possible after the accident. In most cases where the liability is disputed, for instance, in car accident cases, it is always better to get in touch with a car accident lawyer in the UK who can advise you fully to help you make an informed decision as to what steps you should take. 

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