How soon do I have to claim?

You must start legal action within three years of the date of the accident, or in disease cases, within three years of the date when you first realised that you were suffering ill health caused, or made worse, by your job.

It may take a long time before a doctor gives you a definite diagnosis, so don't delay in starting a claim. You should seek legal advice as soon as possible after your accident, or after disease symptoms appear, so that evidence can be preserved, witnesses contacted, photographs taken, etc.

Note: This content is provided as general background information and should not be taken as legal advice or financial advice for your particular situation. Make sure to get individual advice on your case from your union, a source on our free help page or an independent financial advisor before taking any action.

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