You must bring a claim for personal injury compensation within three years (called ‘the limitation period’). The limitation period starts either from:
- When you had your accident/ treatment, or
- When you first realised that you had suffered an injury (called your ‘date of knowledge’).
In the case of children, the three-year limit does not start until their 18th birthday. Also, if the case involves a person who cannot manage their own affairs because of a mental disability, the three-year limit does not apply.
The courts can, in extreme circumstances, allow your claim after the three-year limit.