Are you still driving to and from your job in Cleveland during the COVID-19 emergency? Are you using your vehicle to take necessary trips to the grocery store and the pharmacy? No matter what the reason is for using your car during the coronavirus pandemic, you could be at risk of getting injured in a car crash in or around Cleveland.
If you are involved in a car accident, you should reach out to me as soon as you can to learn more about how to move forward with your claim. While the coronavirus pandemic is certainly complicating civil claims, we can still take steps to help you seek the financial compensation you deserve.
Obtaining Health Care and Treatment Might Need to Wait
It could be difficult to see a doctor during the pandemic, whether you need to go to a walk-in health clinic or to your doctor’s office. Chances are good that your healthcare provider is largely treating COVID-19 patients, and you could risk exposure yourself if you see a doctor for an assessment in person after a crash. Call me so we can discuss options for having a medical assessment after the collision.
Anticipate Insurance Company Delays
Insurance companies, like many businesses in Cleveland, are experiencing staff limitations and delays. After a car crash, when you call your auto insurer to report the accident, you should anticipate that you may experience significant delays.
Those initial delays over the telephone are likely to be more pronounced when it is time for an insurance adjuster to begin the claim investigation process. In short, the insurance process, regardless of whether you file a first-party or third-party claim, the claim could take longer than it would under other circumstances.
Do Not Get Pressured Into Accepting an Unreasonable Settlement
Do not let the insurance company or the at-fault party pressure you into an unreasonable settlement. Believe me when I say that we can work toward getting you full compensation for your losses. Do not allow the other side to use the coronavirus pandemic to get away with compensating you for less than what you are owed.
Know That Courts Are Not Operating as Usual
Courts simply are not operating on a normal schedule. Many courts in the Cleveland area are closed to the public, as an article in Cleveland.com explains, and many courts are only hearing “essential” business. While I know that your car accident claim feels more than essential to you and to your family at this time, many courts are postponing civil proceedings that are not of an emergency or public health nature.
As such, if we need to take your case to court, a hearing before a judge could take some time. Most importantly, you should not plan to go to the courthouse in person. Any issues that we need to handle can be done “virtually,” or over the telephone.
Contact Me for Assistance With Your Car Accident Claim
I know that individuals and families alike in Cleveland are struggling during the coronavirus pandemic, and the last thing you need is incurring additional medical expenses and lost wages as a result of another motorist’s negligence behind the wheel.
You deserve to get financial compensation for your losses, even if the case will be more complicated during the COVID-19 emergency. Call me today at 877.944.4373 to learn more about how I can help you to seek the money you need during this difficult and complicated time.