Many Arkansas courts are still dealing with limited hearings, trials, and public access. However, Elliott & Smith Law Firm remains open to help you with your personal injury case during this uncertain time. Now, more than ever, you may need help following an accident to get you back on your feet. Our team is here for you.
There are some other considerations regarding COVID-19 that may affect your personal injury case in Northwestern Arkansas. Our team has attempted to address some of your more pressing questions about your personal injury case below.
Financial stressors of COVID-19 may result in an increased desire to get compensation right away through settlement. However, you mustn’t let your current financial circumstances dictate how much your legal claim would be worth at trial.
An insurance company that is willing to settle may exploit personal injury victims by offering lower settlement numbers to see if a victim will accept a much lower number simply because they know that you need funds sooner than later. Do not let an insurance company take advantage of you in this way! Keep in mind that COVID-19 does not affect the general valuation of your claim, and it may be worth waiting.
Right now, some area hospitals and medical facilities are being overrun with patients who have contracted COVID-19, or they want to be tested to see if they have the illness. Resources that would normally be put into standard care and treatment are being focused elsewhere at this time. Elective surgeries, including some knee, hip, and shoulder repairs, are being put on hold in some locations.
That type of delay not only affects your health in general, but it can affect your personal injury case. You likely will not know how much surgery will cost, for example, until after you have it. You also cannot know how well you will recover until after you get the correct medical treatment. In some situations, a delay in medical treatment can mean that you will need to delay your legal claim.
Every situation is different, so talk to our team of personal injury lawyers about whether this type of delay makes sense for you. Delaying too much could undermine legal deadlines that you must follow, so do not wait to talk to a lawyer, even if you may have to wait to get medical treatment.
Insurance coverage is required for every driver in Arkansas. However, if times are tight, some people may not renew their insurance coverage as they should because they cannot afford it. That can significantly affect how your personal injury case is asserted and tried—and how funds are collected from the at-fault driver if you are in a car accident.
Although COVID-19’s reach may be extensive, you still have rights if you were involved in an accident that resulted in a personal injury. Contact our team to learn more or to set up a consultation. Phone Consultations Available: 479-JUSTICE (587-8423).