How COVID-19 May Affect Your Accident Case

Posted by Richard P. Hastings | May 15, 2020 | 0 Comments


COVID-19 or the coronavirus pandemic has greatly disrupted our day-to-day lives in so many different ways. Although we want all of our family, friends, neighbors, and community members to stay safe during these difficult times, many people are unfortunately still being injured in a variety of different types of accidents. We want you to know that we are here for you and are available to answer your questions.

Our offices are opened because we are deemed essential providers pursuant to Gov. Lamont's executive order. We have taken extraordinary steps to safeguard our team members and our clients. We have talked to a great number of new clients and have answered many of their questions so they know what they should be doing moving forward to get the best medical care and to improve as quickly as possible. We are discussing client cases via remote online platforms, in some cases, we are meeting with clients, while social distancing and wearing masks, in a separate office suite which is disinfected after every client meeting. We have also met with clients out of our office while exercising safeguards that have been suggested by various governmental agencies.

Typically, when we are contacted by a new client, we do a brief telephonic intake. While on the phone, we send out an electronic copy of the retainer agreement and medical authorizations via email, which we will explain in detail. If the new client would like to proceed with their case, they can sign the documents which will then be sent back to us electronically. From there, we can immediately begin to start working on their case. We then recommend the new client take a look at the free resources we provide here, which includes several books which we have written as well as other educational materials that set out a roadmap for how you should proceed.

There are a number of specialized issues regarding your case due to the restrictions that have been put into place due to this pandemic. We cannot stress the importance of contacting an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after you have been injured in some type of accident. There are a number of things that you can be doing and a number of things that you should not be doing after you have been injured. We have suggestions on how to best handle your situation and we would be happy to discuss your particular case and advise you as to what you should be doing.

It is very important that you do not speak with the insurance adjuster who is representing the at-fault party. It would seem like the logical thing to do but in reality, you could severely hurt your case and create major complications that could greatly reduce the amount of money that you would be able to recover for your injuries and damages. 

It is important that you obtain prompt and regular medical care and treatment which in many cases will be done remotely. We are constantly dealing with doctors' offices, therapy offices, insurance adjusters, liability experts which we employ to develop our client's cases, and a number of other individuals.

We take these cases on a contingency fee basis and advance the costs to develop your case. In other words, you do not have to come up with any money out of pocket to have us begin working on your case. We are only paid when we recover money damages for you. If there is no recovery then you will owe us no legal fees and no costs. We take all of the financial risks so you can concentrate on what's most important which is getting better as quickly as possible.

It is especially important that you contact us as soon as possible given the current status of matters affecting how you can get medical care and treatment, what you can be doing to get better quicker, how you can develop your claim for lost wages, and getting a better sense as to what you need to be doing to help us, help you get more money for your accident or injury case. Call or email us today and will be happy to provide you with free information and advice!

If you have been injured, click here to download your free “Crash Course: On Personal Injury Claims” eBook

You'll learn:

  • what to do first;
  • how a personal injury claim is put together;
  • what insurance adjusters don't want you to know;
  • what to do and what not to do;
  • how to better communicate with your health care providers;
  • how to support your loss of income claim; and
  • what you need to do to help your attorney get you more money for your case. 

About the Author

Richard P. Hastings

Attorney Hastings concentrates his practice on personal injury and litigation. Devoted to helping those who have suffered some type of wrong, Richard P. Hastings concentrates his law practice on personal injury law.


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