Due to the national pandemic, Americans are ordered to stay at home and only essential businesses remain open, in order to stop the spread of the coronavirus. As a result, all streets have been nearly emptied into ghost towns. With Fewer vehicles on the road, with the exception of some bigger commercial trucking vehicles, there are less auto crashes. Auto insurance companies will love this as they will save tons.
However, with essential businesses closed and all Americans scared of contracting the coronavirus, fewer people are able to receive their scheduled medical treatment for auto accidents they have been injured from. This not only prevents injured parties from recovering, it also gives insurance companies an argument to save even more more money instead of paying claims or the just amount the case should be valued for. The auto insurance companies will use this gap in treatment or delayed start in treatment to reduce the value of bodily injury claims, arguing that if a person were injured, they would seek treatment immediately. However, it is important for one injured in an auto accident to still be able to get the treatment they need during this pandemic. Another option for an injured party to take at this time, is to maintain at home treatment temporarily and resume the proper treatment after the virus settles down, and have the medical providers notate in their records that the gap in treatment or delayed start in treatment was due to the coronavirus. This would help counter an auto insurance companies’s argument that the injured party was not injured or injured as much.
According to the Center for Disease Control, Coronavirus is spread person to person. Coronavirus affects the respiratory system and includes symptoms from mild to severe respiratory illness, cough, and difficulty breathing. Although there is not yet a vaccine, the CDC suggests the following precautions: (1) Social Distancing – Avoid close contact with others and stay at home, (2) Wear a Mask, (3) Thoroughly wash hands and no facial touching, and (4) Sanitize all surfaces, all package deliveries, and groceries. Please follow all government recommendations to avoid contact with others in order to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
STEPS TO TAKE IN AUTO CRASH:
If you are in an accident at this time, always remember, to:
• do get medical care immediately and take pictures of all injuries,
• get the negligent driver’s contact information including his employment and vehicle insurance information,
• do not speak to any person from commercial vehicle company or your own personal insurance company
• never say sorry after the accident or anything that could be misunderstood as admitting liability for the accident,
• take pictures at the scene of the accident including both vehicles with their license plates,
• call your qualified auto injury attorney immediately to recover all damages you have suffered, including pain and suffering.
About the Author:
Mala Sharma has been practicing family law and personal injury with her family at the Law Offices of Sharma & Associates, founded in 1997. Mala has been appointed leadership roles for the American Bar Association GP Solo and GP Solo YLD division, is Board member of the Houston Trial Lawyers Association, Past President of the Houston Northwest Bar Association, and prior board member of the South Asian Bar Association. She is also a member of the Houston Bar Association. Mala Sharma has been selected to the 2019 Texas Rising Stars by Super Lawyers. Mala has also been selected as 10 Best Attorneys by the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorney for 2018-2019, Top 40 under 40 by the National Trial Lawyers for 2018-2019, and Texas Top 10 Personal Injury Attorney by Attorney and Practice Magazine for 2019.
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