Most accidents are caused by people’s negligent or unlawful acts. A car accident can leave you physically and mentally wounded. If you have suffered an injury in an accident caused by someone else’s reckless or negligent actions, you may be eligible for compensation toward your damages.
Damages resulting from a car accident can end up costing you thousands of dollars in medical bills and property repair. Louisiana law protects your right to obtain fair compensation for any damages you may have incurred from the liable party. However, there are instances when your personal injury claim can be denied. Here are some of them:
When you file your claim after the expiry of the statute of limitations
Every state has a timeline within which a personal injury victim must file a claim against the negligent party. This is known as the statute of limitations. In Louisiana, you have one year from the date of the injury to file a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault party. If this statute of limitations period expires, the law may bar you from filing a claim in court.
When you make unrealistic claims
Sustaining an injury is frustrating. However, demanding an unreasonable claim amount might hurt your case. Unfortunately, most injury victims rely on media advertisements when making claims for their injuries. Trying to exaggerate the claim amount can make it difficult for your personal injury claim to be awarded.
When fault cannot be established
One of the key issues the court will look into when adjudicating your personal injury case is of liability. Just because you were injured in a car crash does not mean that someone else has to pay for the resulting damages. If you were responsible for your injuries, the court will not award any compensation.
If you have been hurt in a car accident as a result of someone else’s unlawful acts, you may be eligible for compensation for your injuries and other losses. However, it is important that you understand what it takes to win your case and claim the compensation you deserve for your damages.