Plaintiff was injured while working on a rescue boat owned by defendant. Plaintiff did not file a timely government claim within 6 months of his injury, but did file a timely application for permission to present a late claim, within one year of the injury. Defendant’s response to the application stated that it had denied plaintiff’s claim, not his application, and gave the warnings appropriate for claim, not application, denial. So defendant was deemed to have granted the application for leave to file the claim late, but to have denied the claim on its merits. However, plaintiff filed suit the same day he sent the application to defendant and before defendant had denied the claim. A complaint filed prematurely before the government claim has been denied is ineffective. So the trial court correctly granted defendant judgment on the pleadings.