The coronavirus has impacted many aspects of everyone’s lives. If you’ve been hurt due to someone else’s negligence, you may be wondering how COVID-19 is affecting the personal injury claims process.
Most personal injury claims are settled with insurance companies out of court, but some factors may slow the process during these uncertain times. Our personal injury lawyers at Thomas, Conrad & Conrad are working hard on claims that are in progress, taking on new cases, and adapting to changes as we face the challenges of this new normal.
Dealing with Insurance Companies During COVID-19
Insurance companies are essential businesses, so they have continued to work throughout stay-at-home orders. However, due to the severe economic downturn, some insurers may try even harder to deny or minimize claims to protect their bottom line.
That’s why it’s more important than ever to have an experienced attorney to represent your interests if you’re thinking of filing a personal injury claim during the COVID-19 pandemic. Lawyers who handle personal injury claims are familiar with the tactics insurance companies often employ to avoid paying injured victims.
Technology makes it possible to discuss your claim with an attorney without having to leave your home. Law firms can present evidence and arguments, negotiate, and complete your claim via videoconference, email, and other electronic methods. The process may take longer, but recovering compensation is possible.
Pennsylvania Courts, COVID-19, And Personal Injury Claims
Although courts have been required to adjust due to the coronavirus pandemic, cases are still being litigated. Many state and federal courthouses have been closed or only hear certain types of cases on a limited number of days to promote physical distancing.
However, courts are utilizing technology, such as Zoom videoconferencing, to conduct hearings. There’s no getting around the fact that there’s a backlog of court schedules and procedures, which slows the process of personal injury claims. This is just one more reason to contact an attorney promptly if you or a loved one has been injured in an accident.
The pace of court proceedings can’t be changed. Still, the sooner a lawyer starts building your personal injury claim and determining whether it may have to be litigated in the courts, the better. If you have filed an action that’s already in progress, the schedules and proceedings will be determined depending on the specifics of your case and the court in which it’s being heard.
Receiving Medical Care and Treatment
Documenting your medical condition is essential if you want to recover maximum compensation in a personal injury claim during COVID-19. Some hospitals, doctor’s offices, rehabilitation centers, and other health care facilities have limited treatment for emergencies, or they’re conducting appointments via telehealth services.
While it’s understandable that you’d prefer to avoid places where you could potentially contract the coronavirus, if you’ve been injured, it is critical to seek medical attention after an accident and continue with any recommended follow-up care or therapy.
If you fail to see a doctor or another health care professional, insurance companies will use it as a reason that your injuries don’t warrant a claim. If you have surgery or rehabilitative services that have been postponed, providing proof of recommended treatment can help support your claim. But don’t delay going to the ER or seeing a doctor immediately following your injury.
Speak To A Personal Injury Lawyer Remotely
Most personal injury attorneys provide initial telephone and teleconference consultations at no cost. They can evaluate your case, help you understand your rights, and advise you on the best course of action. Your lawyer can explain the process and inform you about some of the roadblocks you may face during this challenging time. If you have a viable claim, they can handle all aspects of your case, so you can focus on healing.
Contact A Pocono Mountains Region Personal Injury Attorney
Understanding COVID-19 and personal injury claims can be daunting. The team at Thomas, Conrad & Conrad can answer your questions and provide solid legal representation you can trust. Our personal injury lawyers serve clients throughout the Lehigh Valley and the Poconos region.