If you are injured during the COVID-19 pandemic, the exact steps you take following your injury may differ slightly from what is normally recommended. Call an experienced Edinburg, TX personal injury lawyer to learn more.
While it would be nice if the world could truly be put on pause during the coronavirus outbreak, unfortunately, injuries still happen and people still demand medical care. If you experience a slip and fall, are involved in a car accident, are bitten by a dog, or are harmed in any other way, you may need medical care and may even have a personal injury claim. Here is an overview of what to do if you are injured during the coronavirus outbreak.
What to do if You Are Injured During the Coronavirus Outbreak
If you are injured during coronavirus, here are some steps to take and things to keep in mind:
- Determine whether your injuries are urgent. Scraping your leg or bruising your behind as a result of a slip and fall probably does not classify as “urgent” injuries that need medical care, but being involved in a serious car accident that results in internal bleeding or broken bones certainly does. While doctors and hospitals are overloaded right now, if you need emergency care, do not hesitate to get it. However, be cautious when in the hospital, as merely going to the hospital could put you at risk of contracting COVID-19.
- Report your accident and injuries. Even though COVID-19 has resulted in office closures and stay-at-home orders, the police are still working in full capacity. You should immediately report your accident to the police, file a report, and request a copy of the report. You should also inform your insurer of the accident as soon as possible.
- Keep detailed notes. If you can, take pictures of the accident scene, write down the name and contact information of anyone involved, and get witnesses’ names and contact information (while maintaining a distance of at least six feet). Additionally, write down as much as you can about the accident and your injuries, and keep an ongoing journal about your recovery.
- Contact an attorney. Even though everyone is working remotely right now, and Texas’ courts are closed, you should not hesitate to call an Edinburg personal injury attorney as soon as possible. At the Law Office of Raul A. Guajardo, P.L.L.C., our personal injury attorneys are still working full time for our clients, handling all calls and client interactions over-the-phone and online.
Reach Out to TX Our Law Firm Today
If you have been seriously injured during the coronavirus pandemic, you still need legal counsel, and our lawyers are still here for you. Please reach out to our Texas personal injury lawyers online or by phone today for the advice and counsel you need. We offer free consultations, and work on a contingency fee basis. We know how challenging things are during the COVID-19 crisis and want to provide you with the support you need.