COVID-19 Support for Personal Injury Matters
Providing Trusted Legal Assistance During the Coronavirus Pandemic
The novel coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted our lives in countless ways. This includes the lives of people already dealing with devastating injuries and resulting damages. At Gill Law Group, PC, we are fully committed to remaining available for those who need legal help during this time.
If you or someone you care about was involved in an accident and needs help filing a personal injury claim in Orange County, we can help. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, we are committed to keeping the safety, comfort, and well-being of our clients at the forefront of our practice. To that end, we are currently offering video conferencing, phone appointments, and digital communication services to our clients and prospective clients.
Continue reading to learn more about how COVID-19 may affect the personal injury legal process and your case, specifically. Remember, this is an unprecedented situation and processes may change as the pandemic develops. Please check back or contact us directly for updated information.
How Will Coronavirus Affect My Personal Injury Case?
The COVID-19 pandemic has several possible ramifications for those navigating the personal injury process.
You may find yourself experiencing:
- Increased pressure to settle your case quickly due to financial uncertainty
- Difficulty obtaining non-critical medical care
- Concerns regarding the safety of attending medical appointments
- Issues obtaining more extensive medical treatment
- Fear over whether the insurance company will still pay your claim
- Restricted courthouse hours and delays
First and foremost, rest assured that insurance companies are still paying out claims. The California Department of Insurance issued an official notice requiring all insurance providers to continue processing, investigating, and timely paying out claims. However, financial uncertainty and falling profits may mean that insurance companies are less eager to settle. Paying out claims is a loss for insurance providers; we may see an uptick in insurance companies refusing to settle or refusing to offer fair settlements to injured victims.
On top of this, unemployment and other financial struggles may cause injured victims to become more eager to accept the first settlement the insurance company offers. However, this could be detrimental to your case. Remember, the insurance company does not want to pay you the highest possible amount, even if that is what you are owed. Instead, they want to settle your claim as quickly as possible for as little as possible and could very well offer you a lowball settlement.
Work with an attorney who can protect your best interests. At Gill Law Group, PC, we can assist you in finding alternative ways to pay for medical care while we work to secure maximum compensation from the insurance company. Each case is different, so you should speak directly to our Orange County personal injury lawyer about your specific options.
How Can I Make Sure I Get Proper Medical Attention?
As hospitals are stretched thin caring for coronavirus patients, obtaining non-critical care can become more challenging. Additionally, hospitals and other medical facilities are taking measures to limit virus exposure—many are reducing in-person visits in favor of remote consultations and appointments. This can make it increasingly difficult to secure follow-up appointments, physical therapy appointments, and other important treatment following a non-life-threatening injury.
However, it is incredibly important for both your health and your personal injury claim that you continue with your treatment plan. If your doctor offers virtual appointments or sessions, be sure to attend. Continue all physical therapy treatments at home (as advised) and continue taking all prescribed medications. Mail-order prescriptions are likely available.
If you must attend an in-person doctor’s appointment, follow the CDC’s guidelines, as well as the office’s requests, regarding your safety and the safety of others. If you exhibit any signs of COVID-19, inform your doctor and refrain from attending any in-person visits.
Our firm can provide personalized guidance regarding obtaining proper and adequate medical care during the coronavirus pandemic. Please contact us for assistance.
Reach Out to Our Firm for Legal Assistance
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect all of our lives, we at Gill Law Group, PC are committed to continuing to help injured individuals and families throughout Orange County. Whether you were recently injured in an accident, are already undergoing treatment for your injuries, or are in the midst of a personal injury case, we can help.
Our firm is prepared to adapt to all medical and legal challenges associated with the ongoing pandemic. We are here to answer your questions and provide the personalized support you need.