As numerous businesses close or go virtual in response to the global coronavirus pandemic, we’ve received many questions about how this crisis has impacted our work. Like all of you, we’re adjusting to these circumstances and taking precautions to keep all employees safe. But one thing has not changed: our commitment to our clients. That commitment has become even more critical over the past few weeks. Compensation for an accident or work injury is of the utmost importance during an economic downturn.
Undoubtedly, there is a unique degree of uncertainty in these times, but the process for filing a personal injury case is the same it’s always been. We are operating with the same hours.
Below, we’ve compiled answers to some of the more common questions.
How does COVID-19 affect my personal injury case?
Life goes on, even during a pandemic. People will continue to get injured, through automobile or cycling accidents, slip and falls, and other accidents. You can pursue a case with us, exactly the same as before.
Are your offices still open?
Yes, we are operating with the same hours and accepting new cases. We can file your case remotely. We also have an experienced personal injury attorney who can meet with you at the office (in a social distancing-friendly way, of course).
Will the courts be open to hear my case?
Right now, all types of court appearances can be conducted remotely, through video conferencing and other technology. Our office is equipped with the resources to file your case digitally.
Am I eligible for workers’ compensation while telecommuting?
Yes, workers’ compensation is available if you’re telecommuting. However, if you are injured at home you will need proof that the injury stems from a function of your job, not, say, mowing the lawn.
Do I still need to seek medical treatment after an accident?
Yes. Understandably, many people are wary of heading to the hospital or doctor’s offices during this time. However, documentation of medical treatment is critical to winning a personal injury case. It’s important to do everything you can to set yourself up for success. Remember, you can maintain social distancing measures even while seeking medical care. Telemedicine may be a good resource to explore.
Can I cancel my car insurance to save money?
During a recession, many people want to cut any unnecessary expenses. While you may be driving less, you still need car insurance. Tennessee has a “financial responsibility law” that requires you to be able to pay other drivers if you’re responsible for an accident. Driving without car insurance could lead to fines, license suspension, and possibly jail time, none of which is worth the money you’d save.
Get help from an experienced Memphis personal injury lawyer.
With any personal injury case, it’s critical to have an experienced Memphis personal injury lawyer fighting on your behalf. During these extraordinary circumstances, it’s even more important. For example, with car accidents specifically, insurance companies are aware that victims need settlements urgently. They may be looking for opportunities to take advantage of the situation. During this recession, expect them to look out for their own interest like never before. An experienced Memphis personal injury lawyer can help you navigate the complexities of a case.
Give us a call at (901) 327-2100 to schedule your free consultation.