In Ireland, the statute of limitations is two years, meaning that is the length of the window in which you can make a claim following your accident, injury or illness.
With medical negligence, this period can be a little bit more complicated than, say, a road traffic collision in which all parties are immediately aware of the injuries they have suffered.
Your two years begin on the “date of knowledge”, meaning the date on which you become aware of your condition.
For example, it may take a long time for a cancer patient to discover that their doctor’s failure to diagnose them earlier contributed to their condition worsening.
Another exception to the statute of limitations concerns minors, who cannot make a personal injury claim for themselves until they turn eighteen.
A parent or guardian can file a claim on behalf of their child, or the minor may wait until their eighteenth birthday, at which point their two-year claim window will begin.