The UK Human Rights Act 1998 sets out rights and freedoms, such as the right to a fair trial, the right not to be tortured, the right to privacy and the right to not be discriminated against on grounds of sex, race, colour, language, religion or your political views. All public bodies (such as courts, the police, local governments and hospitals) must comply with your rights under the Human Rights Act.
In general the time limit for bringing a personal injury claim is three years. However, human rights claims should be issued in the court within one year. In some cases a claim is possible outside the time-limit, but generally speaking the sooner you seek legal advice, the better. Only specialist accredited human rights lawyers are listed on this page.
There are many circumstances where the rights and freedoms of people are denied. People tend to think of human rights violations, such as torture, taking place overseas but human rights abuses are still common in the UK. For instance, if you have been subjected to unlawful arrest or degrading treatment, or if you have been denied certain types of medical treatment you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
Examples of human rights cases
- Abuse claims
- Harassment claims
- Discrimination claims
- NHS claims
- Claims against the police and security services
- Claims for breach of privacy
- Prison claims
It is strongly recommended that you should consult with two or three accredited injury lawyers before making a decision on who to instruct.