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What could jeopardize your personal injury claim?

On Behalf of | Apr 7, 2023 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

A car accident can be a traumatizing experience. If you are hurt in a car crash as a result of another driver’s reckless acts, you will want to pursue compensation. In so doing, you must establish how the accident happened and how the other driver is liable for your injuries.

Unfortunately, not all personal injury claims end in compensation. Sometimes, a personal injury claim may be denied even if it is justified.

Here are two reasons for denial.

You fail to seek treatment in time

If you are involved in a car accident, you must seek treatment as soon as you can. This is important for two reasons. First, your health is important. Second, you will obtain a medical report that you will use to justify your claim. Even if you do not feel hurt, it is important that you seek medical attention.

Remember, some injuries take days or even weeks to manifest. Claiming will be more challenging if you fail to seek medical attention immediately following the accident, as the defendant’s insurance company may argue that the injuries for which you are seeking compensation had nothing to do with the accident.

You delay in filing your claim

Every state has a time limit within which an injury victim must file a claim. This is known as the statute of limitations. In North Carolina, an injury victim has three years from the accident to file a personal injury claim. Except under specific circumstances, you risk losing your right to compensation if you do not file on time.

A car accident can leave you with costly injuries. If you are hurt in a car accident, it is important that you avoid pitfalls that might result in your personal injury claim being denied.

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