How long do I have to make a claim? Is there a time limit?

As a general rule of thumb, you have 3 years from the “date of knowledge” in which to make your claim for Medical Negligence. The “date of knowledge” is the date when you first found out or became aware that a mistake has been made. Often people find out that a mistake has been made straight away, but sometimes a lot of time can pass before anyone admits that something has gone wrong. Remember its not 3 years from when the mistake happened, its 3 years from when you first knew something had gone wrong.

If you or the person the mistake happened to is or was under 18 at the time, the time limit is 3 years from the date of their 18th birthday (i.e. their 21st birthday). If the person the mistake happened to does not have mental capacity, there can be no time limit.

We would always advise you to call if there is any doubt about whether or not you are out of time. It costs you nothing to get some advice from us and its always better to be certain.

Any questions?

Our team here at Patient Claim Line always work on a no win no fee basis and are available 24/7 to answer any questions you may have.