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Monday, May 18, 2020

How the Coronavirus May Affect Your Personal Injury Case

The Coronavirus has already had a huge impact on so many lives. The pandemic has spread and its presence is relentlessly felt. Amidst the anxiety and fear of this novel disease, you may have had to reflect on how it will continue to affect different areas of your life. For instance, if you have been injured in an accident, you may also be wondering if the Coronavirus will impact your personal injury case. This is a valid question and concern. Here we give an overview of how the Coronavirus may affect your personal injury case.

How the Coronavirus May Affect Your Personal Injury Case

Being injured in an accident, such as a car accident, is overwhelming in and of itself. Now, we all find ourselves in a world overrun with concern regarding the Coronavirus. If you have been injured in an accident, you may be unable to work and have medical bills piling up. You may be concerned about the impact the coronavirus may have on your personal injury case because you are depending on the compensation from your claim to pay the bills.

The fact is that the Coronavirus, or COVID-19, has led to delays in the judicial process and the insurance claim process across the country. Courts have been closed which means that cases cannot proceed to trial. Without the pressure a court date places on an insurance company to settle a case, there is not much leverage to push them towards a decision regarding settling your claim. They are able to take this time to further wait things out. Courts are proceeding to modify procedures so that cases may be able to proceed despite Coronavirus restrictions, but the truth of the matter is that things have slowed down substantially.

Coronavirus has also impacted personal injury claims in that it is making it much more difficult to seek the necessary medical treatment. If you are in the midst of making a personal injury claim, it is critical that you receive all doctor-recommended medical treatment. While the Coronavirus has obviously made seeking medical treatment more difficult due to the threat of being in medical facilities at this time and the overworking of medical staff, it is still important that you continue to be diligent in pursuing all medical treatment available. Insurance companies will not hesitate to use this time of chaos caused by the Coronavirus to still seek to undermine the claims of those who failed to get consistent follow-up medical care. If you are unable, despite your best efforts, to receive the medical care you need, then that may not work to weaken your claim, but it will most likely still result in delaying your claim as claims are generally not settled until treatment is completed.

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In times like these, we need people we can rely on. That is why the personal injury attorneys at Cassidy Law Firm are committed to zealously representing our clients and their best interests. If you have been injured in an accident, contact us today.

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