We are living in unprecedented times, with many facets of life being affected. However, just because a pandemic has changed our normal day-to-day, that doesn’t mean daily inconveniences and accidents no longer happen. Individuals are still getting injured in accidents caused by the negligence of others. Some injured victims may be wondering how COVID-19 will impact the steps they need to take towards filing a personal injury claim.
Keep Moving Forward Before You Lose the Opportunity
Most of Virginia’s strict deadlines (statutes of limitations) on when to file a lawsuit remain in place. So although your claim may take longer to process than before the pandemic, you could lose your right to take legal action and recover compensation if you wait. Contact Williams DeLoatche, P.C. immediately to discuss any deadlines on your case and the affect the court closures have on your case.
Seek Medical Attention After An Accident
While it’s understandable that you may not want to take up space at a hospital during a time of crisis, it is always recommended that you seek medical attention after an accident, especially if you have any type of injury. You need to protect your health by treating injuries as soon as possible, and if you want to file a claim successfully, you need to provide evidence of injuries that includes a doctor’s written report as well as any medical bills you need to pay for. Many doctors’ offices are offering telehealth appointments if you do not one to go to a medical facility. This has been a great option for many until they are comfortable with in office visits.
Avoid Lapses in Insurance Coverage
While it’s true that countless Americans are being laid off and losing their jobs as COVID-19 devastates the economy, it’s recommended that you continue to hold onto your car insurance policy and avoid lapses in coverage, even if you’re not leaving your home as often. Accidents can occur at any time, and if neither involved party is covered by insurance, the odds of recovering any damages from your accident can be slim. Canceling your car insurance could be a costly mistake that could expose you to serious financial and legal consequences. The good news is many insurance providers are offering discounts and refunds during this time. Here is a list of some companies that are helping their customers. DISCOUNTS DURING COVID-19
It’s always recommended that you act quickly after your accident by hiring a personal injury attorney to help you gather evidence and build your case. One of the worst things to do if you’ve been injured is to wait. Williams DeLoatche, P.C. is open for business and accepting new clients, while still following social distancing, By getting started today with a free consultation from our team, you can begin taking steps toward normalcy. Call us for a free consultation today at (757) 547-5555, or contact us online. Our personal injury lawyers are available for our clients 24/7.