Usually with compensation claims you have 3 years from the date of your accident, or until your 21st birthday, to register your claim. If you fail to do so and the deadline passes, you will be unable to seek a personal injury compensation settlement in respect of your injuries and losses.
This limitation period is widely accepted as fair and reasonable as it allows plenty of time for an injured person to consider their situation and evaluate whether or not they wish to pursue a claim, or indeed whether it will be worth pursuing a claim for personal injury compensation. It also allows sufficient time for injuries and losses to be established.
For industrial injuries or health problem claims, there is still a limitation period in place. However, there is a slight difference in that the limitation period begins at the date of a diagnosis rather than the actual date of the injury. This is because the effects of an industrial illness or injury can take many years to materialise and present symptoms.
Claim limitation periods for industrial injuries
In standard accidents at work, the person involved in the incident will immediately be aware of an injury. They would then be able to decide within a 3 year period about whether or not they would make a claim for compensation. But if we consider industrial injuries, such as vibration white finger, industrial deafness or Mesothelioma (a rare form of cancer almost always caused by exposure to asbestos dust) the symptoms will not present themselves for many years. Often such problems only become apparent in one’s older years and it would be impossible to make a claim for industrial injury or illness compensation within the 3 year period. Therefore, the limitation period starts from the date a medical expert diagnoses your health problem as work related.
Although people often quote health and safety as being a bad thing these days, it is because of the awareness of the risks of working repeatedly in noisy environments, or constantly using vibrating heavy tools that employees working today are at far less risk of suffering permanent damage to their health. Sadly in the past, health and safety awareness was a lot poorer than it is today and there are many people in the UK who will qualify for industrial injuries compensation.
If you have recently been diagnosed with a work related health problem or industrial illness, it’s not too late to be compensated. Even if you’ve yet to get a confirmed medical diagnosis, but you have reason to believe that your problems can be directly linked to your working life, you should find out what options you have and understand your rights.
Contact us and we can advise you of the process of claiming compensation for your industrial injuries and the best way to take it to the next stage. As with all claims, should your claim fail, you will not be liable for any charges and won’t have to pay a penny. Direct2Compensation can link you with specialist industrial injuries compensation solicitors and we look forward to helping you to seek compensation for the work related health problems that now affect your daily life.