April 24, 2020
Personal Injury Cases During Coronavirus Lockdowns
There are many questions, and for good reason, about whether or not personal injury cases will be pursued during a lockdown since there is a decrease in the ability to interact with others. However, the team at Injury Trial Lawyers, APC has been working to respond and adjust to the current situation so that we can provide our clients with the same level of support that they have come to expect from us. Simply put, if you have been injured as a result of someone else’s behavior and believe that you are entitled to compensation, we will be able to help you just the same throughout these uncertain times.
Take a look below to learn about some of the ways that we have made important adjustments to the way that we do business in order to provide you with the legal support that you need after suffering from a serious injury. If you are uncertain of your options, or if you are yet to contact us about your situation and would like to learn more about how we can help, contact us as soon as possible. We offer a free initial consultation and case evaluation where you will be able to get a better idea of what you can expect during this process.
Am I Able to Seek Compensation For a Personal Injury During Ongoing Coronavirus Distancing Measures?
After a personal injury of any sort, a victim will quickly be alarmed about their growing medical bills, ongoing impacts on their earning, and the overall stress of uncertainty as they realize that this accident has had a significant impact on many aspects of their life. In tandem with the stressors of COVID-19, the impacts on the American economy, and the long-term uncertainty of when life will return to “normal,” we understand that this question is likely the source of a significant amount of anxiety.
Business As Usual for Injury Trial Lawyers, APC
The goods news is that you will be able to move forward with a San Diego personal injury claim just as you would have in normal circumstances. We may not be able to meet in person at our personal injury law firm, but this does not mean that we will not be able to work on your case. Our team uses the available technologies, such as Zoom for video conferencing calls, in order to communicate face-to-face with our clients during the ongoing social distancing measures.
In addition to our ability to leverage video calling and other digital communication media, we will be able to handle much of our communications with the insurance company via email and over the phone, as we always have. In this sense, nothing will be any different with our process.
Complications Resulting from Coronavirus and Social Distancing Regarding Personal Injury Cases
While we are confident in our ability to continue representing our clients and fighting for their rights throughout this time, there will be some adjustments that we will have to make in consideration of things that do require face-to-face interaction. For one, working with the claims adjuster assigned to your case by the insurance company may pose some complications for their investigation.
On-Site Claims Investigation
For one, it is likely that a claims adjuster would ideally be able to meet with you in person in order to see the damage to your personal property, investigate the location of the accident, and generally gather a better sense of the situation by exploring the relevant locations and property. The adjuster may be able to carry on as usual with this portion of their investigation, provided that they do it alone and meet with you via conferencing software instead of in person.
Independent Medical Exams
If the insurance company requires that you submit to an independent medical examination in accordance with their policy, we will work with you in order to identify the most rational and safe way to do this in order to maximize your safety while not introducing any holdups to the investigation. Medical outlets are currently experiencing overwhelming volumes of patients, though, so we will need to make a determination of how to handle this on a case-by-case basis.
Once the investigation is completed, we will then be able to negotiate directly with the insurance company, predominantly via email and other remote methods. Again, this is business as usual for our team, since we rarely, if ever, have in-person negotiations, especially in the initial stages. If it seems that we are reaching an impasse or that additional steps will be necessary in order to find common ground with the insurance company, we will be able to consider the situation in context to the coronavirus restrictions at that time.
Filing a Lawsuit During Lockdown
If we decide that we must file a lawsuit in order to get you the compensation and justice that you deserve, we will likely run into complications if, at that point in time, the courts are still restricted as they are now. However, you may find relief in knowing that roughly half of all personal injury claims are settled before even requiring that the victim files an official lawsuit, and even fewer ever actually see trial.
Given the situation with the courts, we will need to pursue our negotiations even more aggressively than normal in order to hopefully reach a successful conclusion while using the currently available options such as email, video calls, and other forms of remote communication. If, however, we realize that we will need to leverage the courts in order to get you what you rightfully deserve, we will need to make the relevant determinations at that point in time.
Injury Trial Lawyers, APC Is Here To Help Get You the Money You Deserve
No matter whether or not there is a global pandemic going on, our San Diego personal injury firm is dedicated to providing our clients with top-quality representation and a strong argument for the money that they deserve. We will work with you in order to find unique approaches to your situation so that we can give you the support that you need during these uncertain times so that you can move forward with your life with confidence.
All across the world, industries and business sectors are working to put better systems in place to facilitate a remote workforce and carry on with normal activities, and our law firm is working hard to find the right solutions for your specific needs. If you are worried about your rights and options during this time, contact us as soon as possible so that we can discuss your case in detail, and begin to give you a better and clearer understanding of how we can continue to provide you with trustworthy and aggressive legal representation.