The coronavirus outbreak has made these days the most inconvenient time to file a personal injury lawsuit. Accidents, however, choose no time or place and have no regard for pandemics. They can happen to anyone, anywhere, even at this very moment.
So what should you do if you get into an accident during the pandemic and want to file claims against the responsible party? What should people who were already starting a personal injury lawsuit just as the COVID-19 pandemic erupted do?
The following tips should ive you clarity and guidance on how to move forward with a personal injury claim during the time of a global health crisis.
Check Your Insurance Policy
One of the main goals of personal injury lawsuits is to pursue and obtain compensation for claimants’ out-of-pocket expenses for medical treatment and hospitalization. Why then should you look into your health insurance policy?
That’s because personal injury claims are awarded at the end of a trial or mediation. This will be a problem if you don’t have money on hand to pay for your treatment. For your health and fast recovery, you’ll want to get treated as quickly as possible. A comprehensive health insurance policy will see to this.
However, if you feel that your insurance company has mishandled your claims or is taking too long to settle, you should consult our experienced Los Angeles attorneys for bad faith insurance claims. They can provide guidance and support on the best possible legal course you can take.
Seek Medical Treatment for Your Injury
You must be diligent in seeking treatment because you will need the documentation and findings to prove the extent of your injuries. Getting all the treatments your doctor recommends will also maximize your case’s claim value, which is the ballpark estimate of the amount you can recover by way of settlement.
From a medical standpoint, seeking medical treatment as early as possible would put you on the road to recovery faster. From a legal standpoint, all your doctor and hospital records would help strengthen your case. The more details and documentation you can provide about your treatment, the better it will be for your personal injury claim.
Be Careful Agreeing to an Immediate Settlement
Choosing to settle early on might seem like the prudent thing to do given the pandemic and lockdown orders. But before you decide to agree to that settlement, speak to your lawyer. They can help you weigh the pros and cons of either settling now or pursuing the case further.
Some companies (or the person you are filing a claim against) might offer you what seems like an attractive settlement offer but could entail some underlying problems. A lawyer experienced in handling personal injury claims can easily point out these problematic issues and offer advice on how to address them.
The coronavirus pandemic is changing the world and creating unique issues for personal injury cases. The best way to navigate the uncertainties is to find seasoned attorneys that have your best interests in mind when it comes to personal injury cases.
You can get in touch with one today. Call Haffner Law and ask for a free consultation.
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