Motor Vehicle Accident Time Limits


Motor Vehicle Accident Time Limits

Motor Vehicle Accident Claims are subject to strict time limits.

With motor vehicle accidents it is important to remember that submitting to the insurer an ‘Accident Notification Form’ does not satisfy the requirement of lodging a claim form within the required 6 months.  Without the required claim form, your entitlement to compensation may still be rejected by the Insurer.

We act for a client who was involved in a motor vehicle accident and was made to believe by the motor accident insurer that he could lose his right to compensation for the injuries he received.

Under the Law a claim form must be lodged within 6 months of the date of the accident and if it is not, the insurer can reject the claim unless a full and satisfactory explanation can be provided as to why the form was not lodged within required the 6 month period.  Our client lodged his claim form on Tuesday following the October long weekend, with the holiday Monday being the expiration of the 6 months.  The claim was rejected by the insurer and our client was concerned that he would not receive any compensation.

He came to see Peter Moore for advice and to his relief and satisfaction the issue was easily resolved.  The Insurer was unaware that when the last day falls on a weekend or a public holiday, a claim could be made on the next business day and that is what happened in this case.  The insurer had to reluctantly accept that the claim form was lodged within time and our client received substantial compensation.

You should always seek legal advice as strict time limits apply.

If you would like to know where you stand, call Peter Moore, Specialist MVA Lawyer of Brazel Moore Compensation Lawyers on 4324 7699 for a free friendly confidential chat.

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