Association of Personal Injury Lawyers
A not-for-profit organisation representing injured people

Can I claim for compensation?

If you’ve been hurt in an accident that wasn’t your fault, you’re entitled to make a compensation claim. If you have suffered an illness, where your employer may have been negligent, you can also make a compensation claim.

Usually, in order to make a claim, court proceedings will need to have been started within three years of the injury or knowledge of the illness. This time limit varies depending on the nature of the injury, where it happened, and who the claim is against.

Stickman compensation

Also, this does not apply to children who must make a claim before their 21st birthday or people suffering with mental incapacity, unless the accident occurred on a ship or is an aviation related accident.

There are other exclusions and your injury lawyer is best placed to advise you as to whether you can make a claim for your injury. We would suggest that you discuss your situation in detail with them. They will also advise you on how your claim will best be funded.

In some cases, your actions may have contributed to your injury – this is particularly common in road traffic cases where each driver may be partly responsible for the collision. In such cases, you may still be able to claim compensation, but your compensation may be reduced. This is known as contributory negligence.

We believe that where you have been injured due to the fault of another, you deserve to be properly compensated. Under no circumstances, however, will we support fraudulent or spurious claims.

If you are looking for an injury lawyer, please use our injury lawyer search.