COVID-19's Impact on Personal Injury Cases

Despite the COVID-19 craziness, personal injury attorneys stand ready to assist those who have been injured due to negligence. Attorneys can handle cases remotely via phone calls, emails, and videoconferencing, reducing your risk of COVID-19 exposure. Don’t wait until the COVID-19 crisis simmers down to file a personal injury claim. Delays will lower your case value. 

Does COVID-19 Affect Your Personal Injury Claim?

The short answer is no.  Insurance companies may contact you before you hire an attorney. Agreeing to an immediate settlement (and assuredly a lowball offer) may be tempting due to virus-inspired economic distress, but it won’t benefit you in the long run.

Courthouse schedule alterations and procedure modifications due to COVID-19 could slow your case’s progress. For cases that reach settlement, clients generally will not have to step foot in a courtroom. For those that go to trial, clients will only need to make a limited number of court appearances. By the time recently filed cases reach trial stage, the COVID-19 threat may have dissipated (hopefully!).

The COVID-19 economic turmoil has inflicted damage on insurance companies’ bottom lines. Insurance companies have ramped-up motivation to limit the value of claims and take cases to trial.

More drivers may forgo paying their auto insurance premiums due to financial difficulty wrought by COVID-19. If you are injured in a crash involving an insurance-less, at-fault driver, recovering anything might be a pipedream. A proper amount of uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage is a critical safeguard.

Despite the COVID-19 threat, you must receive physician-recommended medical treatments and evaluations to maintain your case’s value. Otherwise, it will be impossible to prove the extent of your injuries. Practice the recommended COVID-19 precautions.

An Experienced Personal Injury Attorney Can Help After a Car Crash

Sometimes, even the safest drivers can find themselves involved in an accident due to the behavior of an aggressive driver. In those situations, the aggressive driver can be held responsible and made to pay for your medical care, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.

In Alaska, accident victims can rely on attorney Ben Crittenden to help. As a personal injury lawyer, Ben has worked hard to make sure his clients’ voices are heard and they are able to obtain the maximum amount of compensation. Every accident victim deserves the chance to recover as fully as possible, and Ben is here to help you meet that goal. If you or someone you love has suffered injuries in an accident because of an aggressive driver, take a moment to fill out the contact form on this page, or request a free copy of Ben’s bookA Guide to Car Accident Claims in Alaska, to learn more about your rights.

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