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Compensation Claims for Loss of Sight

Is it possible to pursue compensation claims for loss of sight more than one year after the injury was sustained?

It may be possible to pursue compensation claims for loss of sight more than one year after the injury was sustained, although it is of paramount importance that a solicitor is spoken with at the first available opportunity. In order to be able to pursue a claim for loss of sight, a claimant must undertake the claims process within three years of the ‘date of knowledge’ of an injury – the date on which an injury was first discovered, which in your case is more than likely the day on which the injury was also sustained.

Claims must be undertaken within three years due to a time restraint imposed under the Limitations Act. The Statute of Limitations is set at three years for most loss of sight injury compensation, although it can vary or be extended in some circumstances – notably if your injury occurred off British soil, where the local version of the Statute may apply, or of your injury occurred in the air or sea, in which case the time limit is reduced to two years. If your injury occurred at sea or in the air, you may only have one year remaining in which to pursue a claim for loss of sight.

Even if you have two years remaining – as you would more than likely have if your injury occurred in the UK – you should still act quickly. Although two years may appear to be plenty of time in which to pursue compensation claims for loss of sight it can often by insufficient – delays in collecting evidence and in negotiating with the negligent party can often lead to claims being time-barred. A delay of more than three months is probable once you inform the negligent party that you intend to pursue a claim – negligent parties have twenty-one days in which to acknowledge receipt of your ‘Letter of Claim’ once it is dispatched, and another ninety days in which to decide whether or not to admit liability. The ‘Letter of Claim ‘– which informs a negligent party that you intend to pursue loss of sight injury compensation from them – is only sent once as much evidence as possible has been gathered, meaning that the delay may yet be months away.

Because of the delays which can arise during the claims process, and because the Statute of Limitations limits you to three years in which to pursue a claim for loss of sight, it is imperative that you speak with a personal injury claims solicitor at the earliest possible opportunity. A personal injury claims solicitor will help you to organise your claim for loss of sight injury compensation as quickly and effectively as possible. In order to pursue compensation claims for loss of sight without having your claim time-barred, speak with a personal injury claims solicitor immediately.