Will Personal Injury Cases Be Affected by the Coronavirus Outbreak?
Recent news reports claim that coronavirus cases are resurging across the nation. Despite those reports, Connecticut remains on track to reopen. Along with businesses, many courts are also reopening across the state. This is good news for many individuals who have pending personal injury lawsuits. However, COVID-19 has taken a toll that could continue to affect cases in the future.
How Will Coronavirus Affect Personal Injury Lawsuits?
In May, the National Safety Council (NSC) released a startling report. Since the beginning of the pandemic, motor vehicle fatality rates jumped 14 percent. This is surprising considering traffic has dropped due to stay-at-home orders.
Safety officials believe this increase is due to an increase in reckless driving. More people are speeding, failing to stay in their lane and driving while distracted. This has already led to more severe accidents despite fewer drivers being out on the road. With states reopening and traffic increasing, pandemic driving habits could lead to even more crashes. This means more personal injury claims could be heading to court soon.
When Should I File a Claim for the Injury I Suffered During the Outbreak?
If you suffered an injury during the pandemic, filing a lawsuit may not be on your mind. With reports of offices and courts closing, you may have decided to delay your claim. This is a mistake.
The longer you wait to gather evidence, the harder it will be to collect. This is why waiting is never a good option when it comes to personal injury lawsuits. Also, the statute of limitations on filing a personal injury claim has not changed. That means you need to talk to an attorney to ensure your claim is ready to go. An attorney can help you gather evidence and ensure you do not miss important deadlines due to the current situation.
Is It Okay to See My Doctor During the Coronavirus Pandemic?
Did you visit the doctor after your accident? Did you avoid the doctor’s office due to COVID-19? These issues are also important to your case. Medical records help prove that you suffered damages due to another party’s negligence. If you cannot prove that you sought medical attention for your injuries, it may be harder to prove your claim.
If the doctor recommends delaying your treatment due to coronavirus, follow those instructions. However, do not neglect the doctor’s orders due to the pandemic. Voice your concerns with your physician and work with him or her to get the medical treatment you need.
Do You Still Have More Questions?
These unprecedented times are making it difficult to navigate the legal system. That is why our Hartford personal injury law firm is ready to answer your questions. You can reach us at (860) 549-8440 or by filling out our online contact form.