If you are a claimant of airline compensation due to a flight cancellation, your second question might be “What are the reasons for which a claim can be rejected by the airline?” It is very important to know what to expect if the airline refuses to pay compensation to a claim.
The first reason is that the reason is common knowledge to you and your fellow passengers. For example, it is common knowledge that a flight that has a cancellation is very likely to have delays, and delay is also a common reason for refusal. Delay and cancellations are, therefore, similar reasons for why claims can be refused.
The second reason is that the reason for refusal is surprising to you. For example, the reason for refusal could be a new rule imposed by the airline that you didn’t know about. Or, it could be because the airline has now decided that they do not wish to make a payment and is now going to pursue the claim instead.
The third reason is that the reason for refusal is that you are trying to recover money from the airline that was used for the flight. For example, a flight was canceled because of inclement weather and it was you who paid the excess.
The fourth reason is that the reason for refusal is that you did not attempt to collect the money when the flight was canceled. You cannot collect if you do not put in a claim. It is essential to understand that you are not required to make a claim if you do not try to recover money from the airline.
The fifth reason is that the reason for refusal is that the airline has already decided to pursue the claim. As already mentioned, a claim can only be rejected if the reason for refusal is a failure to follow the standard procedures and policies set out by the airline.
The sixth reason is that the airline is of the opinion that the claimant is not a qualified expert in the law relating to aviation. This is generally when the airline does not know your expertise or how you have been affected by a particular claim and does not agree with the claimant’s position.
The seventh reason is that the airline is not able to make a determination as to whether the claim can be successful, as the circumstances are not clear cut. There are many cases where the airline claims the claimant is at fault, despite the fact that the airline did not have control over the circumstances surrounding the crash.
The eighth reason is that the claim is less likely to succeed. For example, the timing of the crash and when the claim was filed are one of the reasons for this.
Finally, the ninth reason is that the reason for refusal is that the claimant is unable to collect on the claim because the person making the claim cannot collect a judgment from the court. A person is able to collect a judgment in court if the court believes they have a legitimate claim, and is the only reason why the airline would refuse to pay you compensation.
Some claims can be successful if handled correctly. For example, claims that involve vehicles damaged by damage caused by a party may be successful. This is because courts will often take into account the financial hardship caused by the damage on both sides.
As a claimant, if you receive a rejection letter, do not panic, simply continue with your claim. Most rejections are due to common sense, so follow the rules and procedures and things should become clear soon enough.