It's understandable to be worried about COVID-19 and the many ways it has been impacting your life.
But with everything going on, we want to assure you that our law firm remains open during these uncertain times and that we continue to make our clients a top priority.
Despite COVID-19, stay-at-home orders, and the like, an injury may still occur on your way to work or at a grocery store.
In the article below, we provide you with information about how the Coronavirus could affect your personal injury case.
You Should Still Seek Legal Counsel During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Please do not delay an accident or personal injury claim due to COVID-19.
Even though we're in the midst of a pandemic, injury cases still need to be taken care of.
Even though your claim may take longer to process than before the outbreak, Georgia's strict deadlines and the statute of limitations on when to file a lawsuit are still the same.
That means if you wait to file a claim due to COVID-19, you very well may lose your right to take legal action and recover compensation.
Even before the Coronavirus, some people would avoid seeing a lawyer during tough financial times.
This can be a serious mistake, primarily because personal injury lawyers work on a contingency fee basis.
That means you only pay if you recover compensation.
And during this pandemic, you can expect insurance companies to fight back against your injury cases even harder than before.
Your claims are more likely to be lowballed, and that's why during this pandemic, hiring a Georgia personal injury lawyer is more important than ever.
We know many people are struggling right now, and that's why it's essential to get the compensation you deserve after an accident.
Remember, your lawyer will only get paid if they win your case, and you get compensated.
The fear in Georgia is justified as the cases of COVID-19 continue to rise.
Fortunately, almost the entirety of the personal injury process can be handled online or over the phone.
How The Coronavirus Could Affect Your Personal Injury Claim
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected almost every area of our lives, and the personal injury claims process is no different.
Like you, your personal injury lawyer, insurance companies, and the courts have all had to adopt new behaviors and strategies.
But unfortunately, many of these changes that have been made will impact you as the claimant the most.
The Coronavirus could be affecting your case in many ways, including:
- Increased pressure to settle your case
- Court delays
- Unavailable or inconvenient medical treatment for injuries
- Slow or non-payment of insurance premiums
- Loss of income or job
- Most interactions with your lawyer are remote
As we mentioned above, insurance companies have taken note of the economic downturn.
They are using this time to become much more aggressive in personal injury suits.
That's why you need a proven personal injury lawyer that will fight for your rights.
Your attorney will pressure the insurance companies to get them to pay you what you deserve.
Always consult with a personal injury lawyer before speaking with anyone from the insurance company, including the insurance adjusters.
You also need to be aware of the court closures, delays, reduced hours, and procedural changes that may be in effect during these unprecedented times.
Our personal injury lawyers get up to the second updates on the latest requirements during this time. They are working even harder to ensure your case is seen as soon as possible.
Delayed Trials and Hearings
To help limit the Coronavirus spread, many states are postponing jury trials.
While most personal injury claims never make it to court, if yours does, this will impact your case.
However, some local judicial districts may decide how to handle non-jury trials, hearings, and other court appearances.
Some districts are even handling cases virtually.
A personal injury lawyer will stay up to date on all of this and assist you with your fight to recover the compensation you deserve.
The attorneys at The Brown Firm can help you assess the situation and the likelihood of winning your case.
Based on this analysis and your court district, your lawyer will help you decide whether you have the option to go to court virtually, or if you should wait until you can go an in-person proceeding.
What Should You Do After an Injury During a Stay-at-Home Order?
Some people are worried about visiting hospitals during this pandemic.
And those worries may be justified.
However, after an accident, medical attention is still necessary to ensure a complete recovery, both physically and financially.
A doctor's opinion could be the difference between a minor injury or a chronic condition.
And it could help support your personal injury case.
Telemedicine is an excellent alternative in these kinds of situations.
You can meet with a doctor online or over the phone, and they will provide you with medical treatment the best they can without seeing you in their office.
You also want to keep a log of your pain levels during your recovery time that you share with your doctor and your attorney.
If necessary, this log will provide the court with first-hand evidence of how your injuries have impacted your life.
Pictures can also be useful information to supply the court with and help your lawyers argue the best case on your behalf.
Photographic evidence is especially important to collect early in a case.
If you wait too long, most of the evidence will be lost and could potentially decrease your odds of gaining compensation.