Coronavirus Affect My Personal Injury Case in Florida
If you have a personal injury case in Florida, you may be wondering how coronavirus may affect your case.
You may find that your financial situation has changed due to coronavirus. In some cases, this may be true of the responsible party you are pursuing for compensation. This could affect your personal injury case.
Logistically, you may find that the court system with jurisdiction over your case is temporarily closed or has limited access due to coronavirus. Or, that the hospital you are being treated at has temporarily suspended treatments to dedicate resources to coronavirus patients. This could delay treatments you were planning to receive related to your case.
For specific consultation on how coronavirus may affect your personal injury case, you may want to consult a Fort Myers personal injury lawyer.
You May Feel Pressure to Settle Your Case Due to Coronavirus
Many personal injury cases in Florida end up settled outside of the courtroom. In some cases, insurance companies start with a low settlement offer that may not cover all of your losses.
With the increased financial pressures associated with coronavirus, the pressure to accept one of these initial offers may increase. You may be tempted to accept a small settlement if:
- You are dealing with financial insecurity due to the virus
- The insurance company is more focused on reducing payouts due to coronavirus
- You believe the defendant in your case no longer has the funds to cover your losses
You do not have to give in to the pressure to settle your personal injury case for a low amount due to coronavirus. You still have the right to reject a low settlement offer or file a personal injury lawsuit, if necessary.
You may wish to speak with a personal injury lawyer who can evaluate a settlement offer to see if it covers the full extent of your damages. A personal injury lawyer can also negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf when you hire them to represent you.
You May Be Unable to Get Noncritical Medical Treatment
Many hospitals and health care facilities have been overwhelmed by individuals suffering from coronavirus. Other non-critical care facilities have temporarily closed down in response to the virus. This means you temporarily may not be able to get health care related to your case. You may have to wait to complete:
- Follow-up meetings with your doctor
- Physical therapy
This could delay your ability to receive the full treatment for your injuries and document your complete medical expenses for your personal injury case.
You may wish to speak with a Fort Lauderdale personal injury attorney about these logistics and how to proceed with a personal injury case whose treatments were interrupted by a coronavirus.
Florida Courts May Be Delayed or Temporarily Closed
Your personal injury case may include a personal injury lawsuit if the responsible party’s insurance company does not agree to a fair settlement.
However, many of the courts in Florida are not operating normally. Some courts have:
- Cut back on their operating hours
- Reduced face-to-face interactions
- Shut down completely until the pandemic passes
This means coronavirus may affect the timeline for your personal injury case being addressed by the courts.
Call the Law Offices of Wolf & Pravato About Your Personal Injury Case
If coronavirus has affected your personal injury case, call the Law Offices of Wolf & Pravato. We represent South Florida personal injury victims and have been monitoring the local effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the court system. We may be able to help you navigate new logistics in your case that is a result of coronavirus.
For a free consultation on your case, call the Law Offices of Wolf & Pravato at (954) 633-8270.