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23 Aug

The Impact of COVID-19 on Personal Injury Cases: Insights from SELPH LAW

Introduction

The COVID-19 pandemic has left no stone unturned in its global impact, disrupting virtually all aspects of life, including the legal landscape. Personal injury law, in particular, has seen a profound impact due to the pandemic. At SELPH LAW, a leading personal injury law firm in Columbus, Ohio, we’ve closely observed these changes and adapted our approach to ensure our clients continue to receive justice and fair compensation. This blog post delves into the specific ways COVID-19 has impacted personal injury cases and how SELPH LAW is navigating this new reality.

The Impact on Courts and Trials

The initial outbreak of COVID-19 led to the closure of many courts or a shift to remote proceedings. While essential to public health, these changes resulted in significant delays. Personal injury trials scheduled during the height of the pandemic were postponed, slowing the legal process for many seeking compensation.

Even as courts have reopened, backlogs have led to continued delays. Despite these challenges, at SELPH LAW, we have embraced technologies like video conferencing for remote court proceedings and client meetings to ensure your case moves forward as swiftly as possible.

The Impact on Medical Treatments

COVID-19 has also impacted the medical aspect of personal injury cases. Many victims found their treatments interrupted due to overloaded healthcare systems or fears of virus exposure in medical facilities.

This interruption can impact personal injury claims, as demonstrating the extent of injuries and compliance with treatment is crucial for a successful claim. At SELPH LAW, we work closely with medical providers to document any COVID-19 related treatment disruptions and advocate for these circumstances to be considered during case evaluations.

Changes in Insurance Company Tactics

In these uncertain times, insurance companies may attempt to capitalize on victims’ urgency to settle cases quickly, potentially offering lower settlement amounts. Being aware of such tactics is crucial. Our experienced attorneys are skilled negotiators who understand these tactics, ensuring our clients do not settle for less than they deserve.

COVID-19 as a Contributing Factor

In some cases, the virus itself can complicate personal injury claims. If a client contracts COVID-19 during their recovery, it can exacerbate their injuries or lengthen recovery time. In such scenarios, proving that the virus was contracted due to the defendant’s negligence—such as in a nursing home or workplace—adds a new layer to personal injury claims. SELPH LAW is equipped to handle these complex situations, pushing for the inclusion of COVID-19 related complications in your claim.

Workplace Injury Claims in the Age of Remote Work

With many businesses shifting to remote work, workplace injury claims have become complex. Traditional workers’ compensation claims covered injuries that occurred on business premises. However, with home becoming the new workplace, defining what qualifies as a “work-related injury” has become nuanced. Our team is closely monitoring these changes and interpreting how Ohio’s workers’ compensation laws apply to injuries sustained while working from home.

Conclusion

The COVID-19 pandemic has undeniably reshaped the personal injury landscape. Despite the challenges, SELPH LAW remains committed to seeking justice for our clients. We continuously adapt our strategies to meet the evolving circumstances, maintaining our dedication to providing top-notch legal representation for victims of personal injury in Columbus, Ohio, and surrounding areas. If you need assistance with a personal injury claim during these unprecedented times, we’re here to help.

Disclaimer: This article is intended for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. Always consult with a professional attorney for any legal decisions.

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