Injuries happen all the time. Whether it is from a slip and fall, a car accident or a dog attack, a personal injury can turn your life upside down. And if that injury can be attributed to another party’s negligent or unlawful actions, you may pursue a claim for financial compensation for your damages.
However, not all personal injury claims result in compensation. Sometimes, a victim’s claim can be denied based on the following grounds.
Failing to report your injury and seek treatment
There is no doubt that a car accident can leave you traumatized and overwhelmed. During those confusing moments, it is possible to assume that your injuries or property damage is not severe enough to warrant calling the police to the scene or seeking medical attention. However, it is important to understand that under Illinois law, you are required to report any car accident that results in bodily injury, death or property damage in excess of $1,500.
Additionally, it is crucial that you seek treatment immediately after you are involved in an accident that results in an injury. This is important for two reasons. First, this will ensure that your injuries are diagnosed and treated in time so you can get back on your feet as soon as possible. Second, this will be a great opportunity to obtain a doctor’s report that will play a crucial role in proving your claim during any personal injury hearings.
Failing to file your claim in time
Illinois law requires you to file your personal injury claim against the defendant within two years from the date of your injury. This is known as the statute of limitations. Failure to file your claim within this timeframe may result in the dismissal of your case however strong it might be.
If you or your loved one is hurt as a result of someone else’s reckless actions, you deserve justice. However, to receive the compensation you deserve for your damages, it is important that you avoid these common mistakes.