While coronavirus is keeping more people in Kansas and Missouri off our roads, it hasn't stopped tragic motor vehicle accidents from happening. In addition, the pandemic impacts how motor vehicle accident claims against negligent drivers are handled.
If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a collision caused by another driver, it's still important to retain an experienced motor vehicle accident lawyer as soon as possible after the crash.
At Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys, we're here for you 24/7 and can safely handle your case remotely through video conferences, telephone calls, emails, the electronic transfer of documents, and more.
Here are some tips on how to navigate filing your claim during the pandemic so that you build a strong case against the negligent driver and obtain all the injury compensation you deserve.
Importance of Getting Prompt Medical Care
It's crucial to get medical care for your injuries immediately after your collision to protect your health and avoid disputes with the insurance company. Like many clients, you may be worried about going to a doctor’s office due to fears of contracting the virus. However, medical facilities are following strict safety precautions to keep patients and their staff members safe. You also need to follow your physician’s treatment plan, which may include getting diagnostic tests, more physician appointments, physical therapy, and other forms of treatment.
It could more challenging to find a doctor who will see you in their office because many are only seeing patients with emergency medical conditions. If you cannot get a face-to-face meeting, you should schedule a teleconference and document all your appointments, your medical treatment, and attempts at in-person care.
What might happen if you delay getting medical care during COVID-19? You could significantly weaken your case. The insurance company for the negligent driver could make these arguments to pay less than you deserve or even deny your claim:
- Deciding your injuries were caused by a prior or later incident and not the motor vehicle accident.
- Arguing that your injuries aren't as serious as you claim. If they were, you would have received treatment earlier and followed up on your doctor’s advice.
How COVID-19 Could Affect Your Court Case
While many claims settle without litigation, you may need to file a civil lawsuit if the insurance company for the negligent driver won't offer you a fair settlement or the statute of limitations to file your complaint expires soon. Many courts have closed, or are only opened at a limited capacity during the pandemic. As a result, it could take the court longer to schedule necessary court hearings and your jury trial.
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