Need medical attention after an accident during the spread of COVID-19? Should you change how you approach getting it? Big mistake!
What should you do if you get in a car accident and COVID-19 is taxing the medical system?
Here’s what to do:
Undoubtedly Get the Medical Attention You Need
Some police and emergency personnel have opted to screen calls so they only spend their time responding to more serious automobile crashes.
For example, some will ask if one of the drivers needs to go to the hospital or if a “major crash” happened.
If not, they refuse to come. That could happen to you.
Regardless of what the police do or don’t do, get the medical attention you need. It’s essential to winning and maximizing the value of your claim.
Worried about contracting COVID-19 at the doctor’s office? Then follow the social distancing procedures you hear about so much in the news.
Not getting medical attention when you truly need it puts such a dark cloud over your case that even a brilliant lawyer most likely can’t help you.
Exercise Patience and Persistence and Document Your Injuries
What if you have relatively minor injuries and you can’t get in to see the doctor when you need to?
For example, you have some bruises or cuts. However, you don’t have anything that warrants going to the hospital.
And it might even feel questionable as to whether you even need to go to the doctor.
Still do everything in your power to see your doctor as soon as possible. Those minor injuries now could turn into serious ones later.
Whiplash, which is soreness, pain, and stiffness around your neck and upper shoulders, can take weeks after your accident to appear.
If you have to wait a few weeks to see your doctor because they’re busy, wait it out and then go.
In the meantime, shoot a video log and record a written journal about your daily experiences with the injuries caused by your auto accident.
Courts and juries understand that responsible, trustworthy people do things like that when they truly have injuries. It bolsters the credibility of your personal injury claim immensely.
The Biggest Mistake You Can Make
As always, the worst thing you can do when injured is nothing. Failing to take action can put a damper on your case to the point where no lawyer could win it.
So, during the coronavirus pandemic, have a little more patience and persistence than normal, and certainly take action. You’re simply wise and prudent to do so.
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Shane V. Mullen is an attorney licensed by the State of Texas for the general practice of law, and the Managing Partner at Mullen & Mullen Law Firm in Dallas, TX. His firm focuses exclusively on personal injury law and has been in business for 40 years (since 1983). Before becoming a lawyer, Shane worked for his father as an accident injury claims investigator.