A car crash can leave you hurt, shaken and disoriented. From personal injuries to property damage and lost income due to missed work, a car accident can simply turn your life upside down. If the accident was not your fault, it can be comforting to learn that you may pursue the liable party for damages through a car accident claim even if you contributed to the accident in some way.
But car accident claims, like other legal matters, can be complicated. Sometimes, a seemingly straightforward claim may be denied. And if this happens, you may be devastated. Understanding why your personal injury claim has been denied can help you explore your appeal options.
Here are two common reasons why a personal injury claim may be refused by the defendant’s insurance and the court.
When you do not file your claim in time
If you are hurt due to someone else’s negligence, you must act within the statute of limitations period. In Arizona, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is two years.
When you fail to seek treatment
If you are hurt during a car crash, one of the most sensible steps you need to take is to seek medical attention as soon as possible. This is crucial even if you do not feel hurt. Not all accident-related injuries manifest right after the crash.
Seeking immediate treatment ensures that your injuries are fully diagnosed and treated in time. But that’s not all. This also ensures that your injuries are properly documented. And with a doctor’s report that clearly links your injuries to the accident in question, you will have a strong case against the defendant.
Protecting your rights
A car crash can impact various aspects of your life. Learning more about Arizona negligence and personal injury laws can help you avoid mistakes that can derail your claim.