How Long Do I Have?

There are time limits on the amount of time that you can wait before either settling your claim or starting legal proceedings. These are set out in the following table:

  • *    You can make an application for an extension of time for these claims for up to 6 years.
  • **   You can make an application for an extension of time for these claims for up to 3 years.
  • *** exceptions apply to this time period in some cases and so you ought to consult us immediately for advice

It is important that you obtain legal advice from a motor vehicle accident lawyer to safeguard your interests in relation to common law damages time limits.

 Injures resulting from traffic accidentAccident before 15 November 2005Accidents after 15 November 2005
AdultsWithin 6 years of accidentWithin 3 years of accident***
Children 0 to 15 years at time of accidentWithin 6 years of their 18th birthdayWithin 6 years of accident***
Children 15 to 18 years at time of accidentWithin 6 years of their 18th birthdayBefore their 21st birthday***
Loss of Dependency ClaimWithin 1 year of the death of your loved one*Within 1 year of the death of your loved one**

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