COVID-19 has now resulted in the deaths of more than 400,000 Americans, but those tragic deaths are far from the only impact this virus has had. One lesser-discussed issue is the impact that coronavirus is having on personal injury claims throughout the country. Continue reading to learn how it is impacting all types of cases from slip and fall accidents to elder abuse cases and beyond. Then contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.
Coronavirus Does Not Prevent You from Filing a Personal Injury Case
First and foremost, let us reassure you that the current state of coronavirus does not prevent you from filing a personal injury case. While it might affect how that case is handled and how quickly it is resolved, you still have the same rights to file that you would if the world had not been changed by the coronavirus.
Your First Step is the Same: Seek Medical Treatment
If you suffered physical or emotional injuries in an accident in which someone else was at fault, and you want to bring a case against them, the most important thing is that you have medical records. You should have a medical evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment plan. You must follow that treatment plan to the best of your ability, or the defendant’s insurance company will claim that the injury would not have been as serious if you had followed the treatment plan.
Obtaining Evidence Can Be Challenging
The next step is to obtain evidence. This can be trickier in states like California, where there are fewer people outside than usual, which means fewer potential witnesses. You might also not be able to enter the government offices you would have previously entered to get the evidence you need. Do your best, take photos, write down everything you can, and keep a positive attitude as you seek to obtain as much evidence as possible.
It is More Important Than Ever to Contact a Personal Injury Case
While it has always been important to work with a personal injury attorney when you are injured due to the negligence of another party, this has never been more true than it is right now. The fact is that courts across the state are closing, going virtual, and implementing other changes to keep people as safe as possible during COVID-19. These rules are ever-changing, and the best way to feel confident you are following the most up-to-date rules is to work with an attorney.
Now is the time to contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 and request a free legal consultation. We are standing by and happy to help you find the best way forward. Call us now, and we can get started right away.