How Can COVID-19 Affect My Personal Injury Case?

As the pandemic surges on, many facets of our life have been uprooted and interrupted. Times are changing, and it isn't entirely possible right now to do many of the things we used to do regularly around town.

From grocery shopping and going to school or work to seeing a doctor or a dentist, things aren't exactly as they were. That’s why it is important to understand how COVID-19 can affect your personal injury case.

Closures And Cancellations


Some of these interruptions we have mentioned may include closures and cancellations as people respond to COVID-19. If you or a family member has a pending or potential claim, it may be affected depending on how the attorneys and the local courts in your area are responding to the coronavirus.

Remote Work


Many people around the world are now working remotely, and this includes some law firms and attorneys. They are doing this to comply with local guidance while also taking extra precautions to keep themselves, their staff, and their clients safe.

Even if your attorney is working remotely, they should still be able to handle many aspects of your personal injury case. They can continue to collaborate with their staff and respond to potential clients who are seeking help with their own personal injury claims and other legal matters.

Technology is also being leveraged more, allowing attorneys to easily access records, documentation, and other critical information that is needed for their client's cases. Some depositions and exchange discovery can also be done in this manner, so the caseload doesn't pile up and people aren't left wondering what is going to happen with their claim.

Personal injury attorneys can also continue to reach out through telephone, email, and even video conferencing to keep in touch with clients. They can offer virtual consultations and discuss case details with their staff, experts, and other attorneys.

Medical Treatment


Another issue that may come up due to COVID-19 is the fact that personal injury victims must receive medical treatment to maximize the value of their case. This means that many people find themselves having regular doctor appointments and therapy appointments. You will still need to follow through with your treatment plan even if there is going to be a delay. Because of this, your case may either be settled or delayed further until your treatment is finished.

Insurance Premiums


Another issue that may arise is if people stop paying their insurance premiums in case we go through a financial recession. If this happens, there will be fewer people on the road with adequate insurance coverage, and this can cause problems in a personal injury case. For this reason, we must have uninsured motorist coverage on our own policies so the lack of coverage doesn't turn into a widespread issue that negatively affects us.

Courthouse Schedules


Finally, many courthouses around the country have closed for the time being, or they have modified the way they do things. As long as the courthouse is open, there should be no real delay with your personal injury claim. They will continue to do what they can to move the cases along while staying within whatever constraints are required to keep everyone safe.

If you have a personal injury claim in the works or you are about to file one, seek out an experienced personal injury attorney to help you navigate the process in these unique times. Many cases can be settled without having to go to court. Your attorney will help you determine if that is possible for your case.


 

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I dealt most with Mr. Fernandez. I didn’t know a lot about this process. He took the time to speak with me individually, in person, to explain everything. It was very helpful to actually know and understand the process and what to expect. He closed my case quickly, which was nice that it was not prolonged! I appreciated his hard work and getting me what I felt I deserved after my car accident. I highly recommend him to anyone who needs an honest and reliable lawyer to assist you with your case!

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