In recent weeks, the lives of every Oklahoman got turned upside down due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. Most businesses have either come to a halt or were forced to decrease productivity, and understandably, many people have valid concerns about how their lives will be impacted in both the short and long term. If you have been injured in a car accident and have medical bills piling up, you are likely concerned about how your injury claim might proceed, and whether resolving your claim is possible right now. It is important to remember that Wandres Law (as well as other Tulsa car accident attorneys) are working remotely, and remain committed to representing the rights of injured clients throughout this pandemic.
If you have already filed an insurance claim against the at-fault party, you might be wondering what will happen to that claim. Will there be delays? Will it be resolved at all? Will the insurance company use any gaps in my medical treatment caused by the pandemic against me?
While the physical offices of insurance companies might be closed, most companies have their adjusters and other employees working remotely. This means they are still processing claims during this time. The Oklahoma Department of Insurancehas recommended that insurance companies dedicate their efforts to keeping consumers and claimants informed, as well as quick response time to claimant inquiries.
If you initially filed your claim on your own, now as ever, it will help to have an attorney jump in and take over handling your injury claim. Along with expediting the claim process, it frees up your time to focus on your family and loved ones. The stresses of staying at home and social distancing are enough of a burden. Our attorneys will also ensure that you receive a fair settlement, as insurance companies often try to take advantage of unrepresented parties. We are currently seeing a trend with the insurance carriers taking advantage of the financial uncertainty, attempting to settle claims for considerably less than they are worth with promises of a quick payout. Especially in these uncertain financial times for many, it is critical to make sure that your settlement covers all of your relevant losses, and to refuse to let an insurance carrier take advantage of the situation we are all currently in.
If you currently have a pending personal injury lawsuit stemming from a car accident, it is important to stay in touch with your lawyer. Courts are closed to non-emergency hearings, but much of the litigation process happens out of court. Your attorney should have ways to continue with discovery, settlement negotiations, and other aspects of your case remotely. If you have a trial scheduled, however, be prepared for possible delays.
Even though most people are staying at home as much as possible, there are still going to be vehicles on the road. People need groceries and other essentials. There are many essential employees who still have to report to workplaces every day. As ordering takeout and packages from your home increases exponentially, delivery drivers and large trucks make sure we get what we need. Whenever there are vehicles on the road, there is a chance for traffic accidents.< If you are in a crash and suffer serious injuries, it might be impossible to simply show up at your local emergency room. If you believe that you need emergency care, call 911, and talk to them about the best thing to do. If it is not an emergency, call an urgent care center or your physician to see if you can get an appointment at a safe time. Getting medical treatment as soon as possible is still critical - both for your health and for a possible legal claim. After your physical condition is stabilized, your next step should be to contact an experienced Tulsa car accident lawyer. At Wandres Law, P.C., we are working remotely, but we are still fully dedicated to helping people injured in accidents. We can evaluate whether you have a valid claim and get started working on your case right away. We have the technology and resources to have videoconferencing appointments and interviews when needed, and we can get your claim on track so that you can focus on your recovery.
If you have concerns about a pending or potential car accident claim, the legal team at Wandres Law, P.C., is ready to help. We handle all types of injury claims and car accident cases, and we can assist with an insurance claim that is already filed or that needs to be filed.
Contact us online or call 918-641-4044 to speak with a member of our team for free today.