If you’ve got an ongoing personal injury lawsuit right now, you may be wondering how COVID-19 and any disruptions stemming from the pandemic could affect your case. In truth, it actually could end up having an effect on how much your case is worth, so I thought I would write up my thoughts on the matter.
Our firm is staying on top of all developments surrounding the coronavirus that may affect our clients’ cases. Here is what you should know about the potential impact you could be facing.
Receiving the Recommended Treatments
Right now, many hospitals are receiving and caring for a record number of patients because of COVID-19. What that means for non-emergency patients is that they may have to wait to get the care they need. Until they receive that care, they won’t know how much their case is truly worth. In the end, it is best to wait to settle your personal injury lawsuit until after you can receive care. Depending on how fast we are able to get control of new coronavirus patients, you could be waiting for a long time.
Courthouse Schedules Are Changing
Like much of the court system across the country, the Miami courts are currently only hearing emergency cases in person. While a judge may hear your case remotely, this new normal for our judicial system is causing a lot of delays. If you have a court appearance on the schedule, it’s best to prepare for your hearing or conference to be postponed.
Insurance Companies May Fight Your Case Harder
Everyone is feeling the financial strain of this virus, including insurance companies. Because they might be losing money for other reasons, they may fight your harder before paying out what you deserve. All we can say in guidance is that the longer you can wait to settle, the better. We understand that times are tough, though, so talk to us if you are struggling and we will work with you.
You Might Feel Like Settling Faster
While the government has offered some financial relief for individuals and small businesses, in many cases it is not enough. For personal injury victims, it probably feels like being kicked while you’re down. First, you get hurt and can’t work even though you have all these bills and expenses from your injury. Then, the coronavirus shuts everything down, so even if you are able to work, you are no longer allowed to. Again, all we can say is that if you can wait to settle it’s in your best interest to do so. Try to find alternate sources of funding if you can before taking steps to accept the insurance company’s offer.
Do Not Delay Your Personal Injury Lawsuit
If you were recently injured in an accident, the worst thing you can do right now is to delay filing a claim or lawsuit. With any personal injury lawsuit, you have to hit the ground running, or you won’t get the maximum payout for your suffering.
Are you ready to pursue your case? Contact us today and set up an appointment to speak to an attorney. Call us at 1-800-24-7-CRASH or write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.