It’s an understatement to say that the pandemic has been frustrating, and for personal injury victims who want to recover from their injuries as soon as possible, it has been particularly difficult. From worrying about the safety of seeking medical care to anxiety about zoom court during COVID-19, personal injury victims have more than usual on their plates.
Although New Jersey courts are closed to most cases, personal injury cases continue to move forward virtually. The most important thing I can say about this is that if you have been injured due to someone else’s negligence, you can still get the compensation you deserve, even while courts are closed, but you have to be proactive. Bavagnoli & Bavagnoli continues to work on these cases and is committed to helping injured victims recover. I’ll tell you more below about what to expect from zoom court during COVID-19 as well as how to get help from a Passaic County personal injury if you are suffering after an accident
1. Court is Still in Session...Virtually
If you’re wondering whether or not to file your personal injury claim, the answer is: yes! Legal rights have not been impacted by the pandemic, and courts are still operating virtually. Lawyers, including myself, have adjusted our processes so we can do most everything over the phone or through video conferencing. Consultations can also take place in these ways, so that everyone stays as safe as possible. Documents, paperwork, discovery, depositions, and other legal procedures can be completed online and emailed to the court.
Whether or not courts are open will continue to change, but an attorney can tell you more during a consultation.
As far as court cases, many hearings are currently being conducted through video conferencing software like Zoom. While this may sound intimidating, a good attorney can guide you through the process.
2. Everything is Running More Slowly Than Usual
One thing to keep in mind if you're considering filing a personal injury lawsuit is due to the pandemic, some processes are moving more slowly than usual. This can be frustrating, but try to be patient. Again, the legal process is especially exhausting if you're suffering an injury, work with an attorney to alleviate your stress.
One thing essential to note is if you're trying to negotiate a settlement with your insurer, never settle for an amount less than what you're entitled to. Insurance companies are feeling the financial crunch of COVID just like other businesses. This has unfortunately meant they are denying more claims than ever.
This puts injury victims in a bind as they face pressure from mounting medical bills.
Be prepared for insurers who will try to pressure you into taking a lowball settlement. If you're having trouble negotiating, a good New Jersey personal injury lawyer can help you throughout this process.
3. It’s Still Essential to Seek All Medical Treatment
Although no one wants to put themselves in an unsafe situation, it's absolutely essential you attend all of your medical appointments after an injury. Getting the necessary treatment and diagnosis is a key part of proving your case. Without attending appointments you could receive a far lower settlement than you are entitled to.
One issue that has come up during COVID-19 is doctors’ offices are accepting fewer patients and offering fewer appointment times. Although this keeps health care facilities safe, it can be incredibly frustrating when you know your case may depend on receiving the medical treatment you need in a timely manner.
For starters, getting immediate treatment is crucial to proving your injuries were sustained during the accident. Visit the emergency room as soon as possible after your accident. Waiting can cause problems with showing your injuries were due to the accident. Depending on the nature of your injuries and diagnosis, it may be possible to attend some appointments through telemedicine.
Again, working with a qualified personal injury attorney serving Passaic County is the best way to receive the advice you need about how to handle medical appointments during the pandemic. Don’t hesitate to contact Bavagnoli & Bavagnoli with any questions you have. We believe in treating our clients like family, and will work with you to create the best possible situation for your recovery.
How a Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help
If you are facing a personal injury situation that will require you to file a lawsuit, don’t put it off. Statutes of limitation are specific, and because all processes are moving more slowly than usual, you want to make sure you get your case moving as soon as possible.
Bavagnoli & Bavagnoli will be present for you throughout the legal process. We've been helping New Jersey citizens receive fair legal treatment for decades, and we can help you too. Don’t suffer in silence. Contact Bavagnoli & Bavagnoli today at (973) 785-9522 to learn more about zoom court during COVID-19.