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Is there a time limit for making a claim?

This is a common question. According to the Limitation Act 1980, the time limit for making a claim for sexual and physical abuse is three years from the date of knowledge of the abuse, or within three years of turning 18 years old if the abuse took place while the victim was a child. If a claim is being pursued through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA), then a claim must be made within two years of the date of the incident or, if the victim was a child at the time of the incident, within two years of turning 18 years old.

However, there are circumstances where these time limits can be disapplied so that a claim can continue, even if it is out of time. At Emsleys, our specialist solicitors have a wealth of experience in challenging this defence so that the case can proceed irrespective and will be able to advise you on this aspect of your case.

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