COVID-19’s Impact on Your Personal Injury Case

COVID-19 virus impacts personal injury claims

With the recent outbreak of COVID-19, many people are questioning how the pandemic can impact their personal injury case. If you are in the midst of a pending personal injury case, read on to find out how you can get the most out of your case during COVID-19.

Medical Treatment is Still a Must

This should be an obvious first step, but if you were injured, you need to seek medical attention as soon as possible to obtain documentation. During pandemics, hospitals and places of treatment are the last places any person wants to be due to the fear that they may catch something by seeking medical treatment. Furthermore, during a pandemic, hospitals are usually overrun by multitudes of patients, and beds and resources are scarce, making it hard to get the care and documentation needed for your case.

In order to get the most from your case, you must seek the medical treatment necessary for your injury. You don’t want to skip out on any treatment that is necessary due to a fear of catching any other sickness. If you happen to find yourself in a situation where you tried to get treatment, but were unable to due to crowds, contact your lawyers and keep them aware of your situation, so they can keep everything documented. It is always optimal to keep your legal team in the loop and the lines of communication open.

Courthouse Schedules and Procedures Are Changing as a result of COVID-19

With COVID-19 spreading at such an alarming rate, many courthouses around the country are either closing temporarily. If you have a pending personal injury case, you may find that it will be prolonged due to closures and lockdowns. Sadly, there isn’t much you can do about this other than keeping in contact with your lawyers.  

Most Important: DON’T WAIT TO CALL

In any case, the worst thing a client could do is wait to contact a lawyer until things get better. By waiting to contact a lawyer, you are only dropping the case value and thus, increasing the chances of losing your case. Yes, times are pretty scary at the moment, but we are still a phone call away. If you were recently injured, you want to call a lawyer as soon as you can. I cannot stress this enough– DO NOT WAIT TO CALL. 

In Conclusion

If you were injured, get your medical treatment and call your lawyer as soon as possible. The longer you wait for your treatment and the longer you wait to contact a lawyer, the less value your case is going to carry. If you want the compensation you deserve, then you need to take the necessary steps to show that your case is a priority. You will only be taken as seriously as you treat your own case. 

Adapt and Conquer the COVID-19 Threat

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At times I was self-critical of the way I set up and ran my law firm. What was I thinking letting the majority of my staff work from home? I was absolutely insane for giving all my clients my cell phone number. What kind of nut is constantly accessible and exchanges text with clients? Well maybe I shouldn’t be so hard on myself. The natural evolution of my firm created a lean system that resembles the Native American Tribes of the Great Plains. If and when the buffalo move, we can pick up teepees and follow at a moments notice. With cloud-based case management software, Zoom, OneDrive, Dropbox, Google Drive, etc. we have the tools to manage Covid-19’s impact on our clients and our firm.

All Hands-on Deck, Batten Down the Hatches

Law firms are designated as essential in Maryland. Even though courts are closed the work doesn’t stop and the firm remains open. New clients need help and advice and many current clients need proceeds from settlements now more than ever. Being able to provide many of my clients with a much-needed influx of money during such a trying time has been rewarding. I am particularly thankful for my team’s dedication. Their focus and resolve have not waivered. We are here to help.

Turn a Negative into a Positive

The COVID-19 threat and the resulting quarantine has put a tremendous stress on the entire community. However, I can’t help but think that the challenges have made us stronger. In addition, for me at least, life has slowed down just a bit and I get to spend more time with my wife, my newborn son, and my two-year-old twins. Family and their safety are first and foremost during these trying times so take the medical community’s recommendations seriously and take every precaution possible. Stay safe and calm…and #washyourhands #covid19 #corona