The aim of any personal injury claim is to win fair compensation. However, some victims of accidents or incidents aren't satisfied by the ruling of their cases. Here are some reasons victims lose personal injury cases.
Misrepresentation of Facts
One of the biggest mistakes you could make in a personal injury lawsuit is to twist facts to favor your case. You must have evidence to support your claims. Your lawsuit may be dismissed when you misrepresent facts to increase your settlement. Furthermore, the court can sanction you for lying. Ensure you state events as they occurred and with supporting evidence to build a strong case.
Expiry of Statute of Limitations
When you are involved in an incident or accident, don't take time to rest and recover before filing your claim. If you wait too long before making any claims, you might not get compensation. Every state has a limited time within which a person should file an injury claim. Any future lawsuit will not be considered if this time lapses before you take any action. In most states, the statutory limit for personal injury cases is two years from the time of the incident or accident.
Failing To Buy PIP and UM/UIM Insurance Coverage
Many people wrongly assume that if an at-fault driver injures them, the driver's insurance company will compensate them. However, if the liable party doesn't have sufficient insurance coverage for the accident, you will have a weak claim.
If the at-fault driver doesn't have enough insurance for your medical bills and to pay you for injuries and property damage, you will have to file a claim against them. This can be a prolonged case, especially if they don't have enough financial resources to compensate you. For this reason, you should buy Uninsured Motorist and Under-Insured Motorist (UM/UIM) insurance to protect yourself against such incidences.
Filing a Personal Injury Claim Without Legal Representation
It isn't unusual for victims of accidents to try and maximize their payouts by not hiring a personal injury attorney. Some people are misled by relatives and friends with some background knowledge of personal injury law.
Remember that the defendant's side has a team of attorneys to examine your claim. Therefore, your chances of succeeding against legal experts are slim, and you might get a lower settlement than you deserve.
Many personal injury attorneys work on a pro-bono basis. You don't have to worry about paying upfront fees; you can settle their arrears after you win your case. Failing to hire a personal injury attorney will significantly harm your claim, especially in severe personal injury cases.
To learn more, contact a personal injury lawyer in your area.