Accidents happen all the time. However, if you sustain an injury at the hands of a negligent person or entity, you deserve justice. A personal injury lawsuit can help you obtain the financial restitution you need to take care of your treatment costs as well as other damages associated with your injury.
However, it is not uncommon for a personal injury claim to be denied. If your claim is denied by the court, you need to explore your appeal options. But, before you take this route, you need to understand why your claim was denied in the first place.
Here are two reasons why your personal injury claims could be denied.
Missing important deadlines
Depending on the nature of the injury you are dealing with, there are important deadlines that you must observe to ensure that your claim is valid. For instance, California law requires that you report any car accident that results in any form of injury as soon as possible. And that is not all. California statute of limitations also requires that you file a personal injury claim against the defendant within two years from the date of the injury. This timeframe is even shorter when the responsible party is a government entity. In this case, you will be required to file an administrative claim within half a year from the date of your injury. You risk having your claim denied if you miss out on these important deadlines.
Missing your hospital appointments
Failing to seek treatment after your injury means that it will not be documented anywhere. As a result, the defendant and their insurance company will likely cast doubt on the authenticity of your claim. If they successfully argue that the accident in question had nothing to do with your injuries, then the court may decline your claim.
Depending on the severity, a personal injury can greatly impact your life. If you have been hurt as a result of a third party’s negligent actions, it is important that you steer clear of mistakes that can hurt your claim.