Right now, with the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) it feels like everything is changing on a daily basis. So, it’s important to know what is different and what has remained the same when in the moments after a crash. An accident is already overwhelming and confusing without all of this uncertainty. It’s important that you react as calmly and clear headed as possible for your own safety and while practicing social distancing. We want to review what hasn’t changed and update you on some things to be aware of that could impact your case down the road.
A vehicle crash can occur within seconds, but the serious injuries, pain, disability, and financial losses often last a lifetime. Declines in your health, loss of your time and income, and a significant decrease in quality of your life all occur due to the negligence of someone else. If you are involved in a crash during the COVID-19 pandemic, there are certain actions you can take to maintain social distancing while completing the necessary steps to report the incident:
If you are injured in the crash, you need to get medical attention. Although you may be wary of going to an emergency room because of the COVID-19 outbreak, you still need to receive medical care within 14 days of the crash, or your insurance company won’t pay for your total benefits. If you don’t want to go to the emergency room, the best option is to call your primary care doctor and see what they recommend. Your primary care doctor may tell you to come to their office, or go to an urgent care, some medical facilities are fully equipped stand-alone emergency rooms, you may to call and ask before showing up. “If you’re hurt in a motor vehicle crash, your injuries are not going to go away,” said Coker Law Partner Matthew Posgay. “Receiving medical care is the one thing you can do to get back to being as healthy as you can, return to work full time, and do the best you can for yourself and your family.”
Coker Law cautions drivers to be careful and if you are injured by a negligent driver, speak with an experienced personal injury attorney. You may qualify to receive compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses related to your injuries. To speak with a Coker Law attorney or for more information call (904) 356-6071 or click here to schedule a free consultation.