Social distancing due to the coronavirus pandemic is impacting every area of our lives. In addition to closures of schools and non-essential businesses, state and county court systems are working with reduced staff and limiting hours they are open to the public. If you were involved in an accident and either filed or are considering filing a personal injury lawsuit, it is important to be aware of how this could impact your case.
How COVID-19 May Affect Your Personal Injury Lawsuit
When car crashes and collisions, slips and falls, or other types of accidents happen, it is generally the result of the reckless actions of others. Under these circumstances, you are entitled to compensation for the damages you suffer through a personal injury lawsuit. There are four major ways in which the current situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic could impact your court case:
Delays in Court Hearings
In the Fort Myers area, personal injury lawsuits are filed through the 20th Judicial Circuit Court. To reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19, the court remains open but is limited to only essential personal and critical types of proceedings. As a result, hearings in your personal injury case could end up being temporarily delayed. In most cases, we can still file legal documents online and any deadlines are likely to be extended.
Increased Pressure to Settle
Expect opposing attorneys in your lawsuit to use the situation surrounding the pandemic to pressure you into settling. Unfortunately, any amounts offered are likely to be less than what you need or deserve. Our Fort Myers personal injury attorneys can aggressively negotiate with these parties on your behalf via telephone or online meeting platforms, helping to ensure you get the maximum amount in your claim.
Problems With Obtaining Medical Treatments
A April 9, 2020 report by the News Press states that hospitals and medical professionals in Fort Myers are being overwhelmed with coronavirus cases. As a result, you may not be getting the full level of medical care you need for your injuries. This is an additional reason to be cautious when it comes to settlements. It is important to add in future medical costs you are likely to incur once the pandemic is over, as well as any lingering disabilities you suffer as a result.
Issues in Enforcing Settlements
In addition to health impacts, the coronavirus pandemic is taking a toll on the economy. Job losses and business closures could end up impacting settlement amounts offered or delaying when judgments are paid. In addition to ensuring you get the amount you need to recover, the Bernardo Law Firm can guide you in enforcement actions, such as placing liens on property or bank accounts.
Let Our Fort Myers Personal Injury Attorney Assist You
You only have one chance to get the compensation you need to recover in a personal injury claim. The Bernardo Law Firm is here to assist you. Call or contact our Fort Myers personal injury attorney online to discuss your case today.