Some people will know the answer to that question, but for those who don’t, it refers to something called the ‘limitation period’.
Without getting into speaking legalese, it simply means that if you have suffered personal injury in an accident that was caused by another person, then as an adult, you have just 3 years from the date of the accident within which to start a claim against the person that caused it.
If you don’t start a whiplash claim, within three years from the date of the accident, you won’t be able to claim at all. Your claim will be ‘time-barred’ or ‘statute barred’. In other words, your chances of claiming will be over.
By, ‘to start a claim’, means that the court process must have been commenced. It’s not enough that you have been in correspondence with the other party’s insurance company. If the claim hasn’t been settled, papers must have been sent to the county court for ‘issuing,’ i.e., you must have paid your court fee and got your court papers stamped, at the very least.
Why do some people who have suffered personal injury in a road traffic accident not make a whiplash claim straight away?
There may be any number of reasons. Here are some of them:
It has always made sense to take legal advice as soon as possible from an expert personal injury solicitor when you’ve suffered a whiplash injury in a road traffic accident:
Being involved in a car accident is not a pleasant experience, even if you have not been seriously injured. In any event, let’s not minimise whiplash – chronic whiplash is highly painful and debilitating.
If you find yourself in a position of unsure to claim, we strongly suggest that you speak to an experienced personal injury solicitor who regularly deals with whiplash claims and get them to start your claim immediately.
At Personalinjuriessolicitorsdublin, we're continually helping people across Dublin make successful claims for whiplash. If you have any questions or would like to pursue a claim then contact one of our specialists today.