I badly injured my back while at work a while ago, I have thought about claiming compensation for an injury from lifting office chairs but have been told by colleagues it is too late now. What is the time limit for making a personal injury claim?
Under the Irish statute of limitations, you have two years from the ‘date of knowledge’ to claim compensation for an injury from lifting office chairs. The date of knowledge is the day you are first made aware of your injury. Of course there are exceptions to this rule which a personal injury solicitor can explain in greater detail.
In this instance you must visit you doctor or GP immediately if you have not done so already. Even if it is some time since you suffered your injury, it is imperative that you seek medical attention as it is highly unlikely you will be able to successfully claim compensation for an injury from lifting office chairs without a record of the injury in you medical history.
Your claim may be complicated if you did not seek professional medical attention immediately after your accident, if there is a considerable gap between the date you were examined by a doctor and the date you suffered an injury, it could be alleged by the negligent party’s insurers that you exacerbated your injury which may adversely affect the amount of compensation you are entitled to claim.
Therefore it is recommended that once you have had your injury examined by a doctor or GP, you should consult with a personal injury solicitor as they will be able to advise whether it is worthwhile pursuing compensation for an injury from lifting office chairs, based on the circumstances of the accident.