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26 Oct

How Climate Events Impact Personal Injury Claims: The Unforeseen Challenges of Natural Disasters

At SELPH LAW, located in the heart of Columbus, Ohio, we have dedicated our practice to helping those who have suffered personal injuries due to the negligence of others. While most associate personal injury claims with car accidents or slip and falls, few realize the significant impact that climate events, such as hurricanes and wildfires, can have on personal injury claims. As our world grapples with an increasing number of severe weather events and natural disasters, understanding their effects on personal injury claims becomes more relevant than ever.

The Direct Impact on Injuries

Climate events, by their very nature, are chaotic and destructive. Hurricanes, with their high winds, torrential rain, and storm surges, can lead to a plethora of injuries. People can be hurt by flying debris, collapsing structures, or even just the act of evacuating. Similarly, wildfires can cause burns, respiratory issues, and trauma from hurried evacuations.

In these scenarios, determining liability becomes a complex task. For example, if a building collapses during a hurricane and injures its occupants, was it due to the extreme forces of the storm, or could the building’s owner have taken precautions to make it more storm-resistant?

Infrastructure and Recovery

After a major climate event, local infrastructures are often left in shambles. Roads might be blocked or destroyed, hospitals could be overwhelmed, and local law enforcement and emergency services might be stretched thin. This not only complicates the process of seeking immediate medical attention but can also make it challenging to gather evidence, conduct investigations, and even communicate with legal professionals.

For a personal injury claim to be successful, timely collection of evidence and medical records is crucial. In the wake of a natural disaster, this task can become exponentially more challenging.

Insurance Complications

Climate events can create a surge in insurance claims, ranging from property damage to personal injury. This surge often overwhelms insurance companies, leading to delays in processing claims and, in some cases, disputes over coverage.

If your injury claim is intertwined with a climate event, it might be challenging to distinguish between injuries caused by the event itself and those resulting from someone’s negligence during or after the event. This distinction can significantly impact the amount of compensation you might receive.

The Importance of Experienced Legal Counsel

In the aftermath of a natural disaster, victims have more than enough to deal with – from personal losses to the challenges of rebuilding. Navigating a personal injury claim under these circumstances requires a law firm that not only understands the intricacies of personal injury law but also the unique challenges presented by climate events.

SELPH LAW, located at 6047 Frantz Road, Dublin OH 43017, is well-equipped to guide Columbus residents through these challenging times. With a deep understanding of the local community and a vast experience in personal injury law, we’re here to ensure that your rights are protected, even in the face of Mother Nature’s most daunting challenges.

If you or a loved one has suffered a personal injury in the midst of a climate event, or if you have questions about the impact of natural disasters on personal injury claims, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. You can contact SELPH LAW at 614-453-0971 to schedule a consultation and discuss your case.

In these turbulent times, when nature’s fury meets human negligence, you need a trusted ally in your corner. Let SELPH LAW be that ally, guiding you towards the justice and compensation you deserve.

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