Personal Injury – How long do I have to make a claim?

Personal Injury – How long do I have to make a claim?

In British Columbia, most claims resulting from personal injuries must be brought within two years of the date of the event which causing injury. This is the general rule but there are exceptions. In certain types of cases, shorter limitation and notice provisions apply, for example, in the circumstances of negligence claims against a Municipality such cases need to be dealt with as soon as possible.

It is important to understand that initiating a legal claim is not the same as starting an insurance claim, for example, starting the claims process with ICBC. The law says that you have two years to take the necessary steps to start a court case. Failing to start a court case within the legally mandated time frame will usually mean that you lose the right to claim compensation for your injuries and their effects on your life.

After an accident, you should seek legal advice as soon as possible. A personal injury lawyer can advise you on the law applicable to the case and get your case started on the right foot. At Heather Sadler Jenkins LLP we have an experienced team of lawyers versed in personal injury law. There is no charge for an initial consultation. Telephone consultations are available for those living outside of Prince George. Call us at (250) 565-8000 or toll-free at 1-866-565-8777 .

~Justin Haines

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