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    Important Timeframes for Lodging a Personal Injury Claim in Queensland

    June 29, 2024

    Important timeframes for lodging a personal injury claim in Queensland

    Suffering an injury as a result of someone else’s negligence can be stressful, painful and overwhelming. However, missing time limits can result in the loss of legal rights to make a personal injury claim in Queensland. State legislation imposes strict time limits within which a claim must be lodged. Failure to adhere to these time limits can lead to the inability to seek compensation for injuries sustained. It is therefore important to understand that once the time limit has passed, the legal avenues for seeking redress may be closed off, leaving you without the right to make a personal injury claim.

    How long do I have to make a personal injury claim in Queensland?

    The courts in Queensland have a three-year limit for you to file documents to protect your claim.
    If more than three years has lapsed since the accident, and you have not filed court documents it is likely you have lost your entitlement to claim. However, you should still seek legal advice to establish if there are grounds upon which an extension of time may be granted. Although, it is only in limited circumstances that the court will exercise their discretion and extend the limitation period.

    While this timeframe applies to all personal injury claims in Queensland generally, there are also specific requirements for different types of claims. For example, the requirements for giving notice for a motor vehicle accident, as opposed to a workplace accident or even an accident in a public place will vary pending on the circumstances of your case.

    It is recommended that you call a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible and get advice on what time limits will apply to your unique situation.

    Learn more about Queensland legislation for personal injury cases


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