Four Steps to Take If You are Injured in an Accident During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Accidents often happen when we least expect them. While dealing with the aftermath of an accident is never easy, the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak has made things even more complicated. There are some additional considerations that you need to keep in mind if you are injured during COVID-19.
We want to make sure that injured victims have all of the information and resources that they need to protect their health, well-being, and legal claim. Here, our West Palm Beach personal injury lawyers highlight four steps you should take if you are involved in a serious accident during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Seek Immediate Medical Attention for Your Injuries
Serious injuries always require professional medical attention. If you suffered a serious injury in an accident, you need to see a doctor. In light of COVID-19, many people are worried about seeking medical attention. They do not want to get sick and they do not want to burden our state’s medical system.
You should get medical help. Please know that safe, reliable medical treatment is available in South Florida. Do not wait to seek the medical attention that you need. Our state’s hospitals and doctors have the capacity to handle non-coronavirus-related injuries and medical issues. Public health officials are encouraging people to get the medical attention they need.
- Report the Accident and Secure Evidence
Successful personal injury claims—whether it is a car crash or a slip and fall accident—are built on a strong foundation of reliable, well documented evidence. COVID-19 has not changed this fundamental fact of the personal injury claims process. Following a serious accident, make sure you report the incident and make a proactive effort to gather all relevant evidence.
Follow Public Safety Protocols (Social Distancing)
If you are injured during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to follow all applicable public health recommendations. To the maximum extent possible, you should try to maintain social distancing in the aftermath of an accident. Beyond that, it is advisable to keep a mask or a cloth face covering on your person so that you can protect yourself in case you are forced to come in contact with a stranger. Even as we reopen our region’s economy and conditions on the ground continue to improve, the Florida Department of Health advises taking safety precautions.
- Schedule a Free Consultation With a Florida Personal Injury Attorney
The personal injury process is still moving forward during the coronavirus outbreak. You should consult with a lawyer as soon as possible after a serious accident. You do not have to wait to start pursuing your claim. At Pike & Lustig, LLP, our Florida personal injury attorneys are aggressive, experienced advocates for victims.
Our law firm is fully operational during the outbreak and we can help you get started with the claims process remotely. To arrange a free, no obligation personal injury consultation, please call us today. With offices in West Palm Beach and Miami, we represent injured victims throughout Southeastern Florida.