When you are injured, the first thing you are probably thinking about is getting medical care. Most people do not think about filing claims and getting legal assistance while coping with the initial shock of the accident. Medical care should be a priority, but once you are stabilised and reasonably able to do so, you should contact a lawyer to learn more about your rights to compensation.
The Clock is Ticking on Your Claim
From the moment the accident happens, the clock starts ticking down on your claim. When it comes to personal injuries, you are given three years from the date of the injury to lodge a claim. If three years has passed, you may lose your right to claim compensation. Only in limited circumstances can the 3 year limitation period be extended.
Some situations may be subject to different time limits. For example, if you are injured in a car accident and the other driver was uninsured or fled the scene, then you must start your claim against the Nominal Defendant within 9 months, otherwise you will lose all your legal rights to compensation from the Nominal Defendant. The Nominal Defendant is like a government insurer, that covers people if injured by unknown or uninsured cars.
Start Your Claim Now
You should do everything you can to increase your chances of receiving compensation and getting paid fast. Most people need the money sooner to cover medical bills and lost wages.