How Does COVID-19 Impact a Personal Injury Case?

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    August 3 2020

    COVID-19 has thrown everyone’s life off balance and left more questions than answers. If you have a pending personal injury case or have been injured since the pandemic began, you may be wondering “How does COVID-19 impact a personal injury case?” Unfortunately, there is not an easy answer to this question. Every personal injury case is unique. However, we can go over some of the more common questions that may arise during this difficult time. For answers specific to your situation, consult with a personal injury lawyer. Our firm offers free consultations and we work on a contingency fee basis<, so you won’t have to wonder if you can afford a Las Vegas personal injury lawyer.

    Have you been the victim in a personal injury accident? A personal injury accident can be many things and includes car accidents, bicycle accidents, boat accidents, and motorcycle accidents. If you have been injured in an accident that is not your fault, you should speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer. A personal injury lawyer can give you legal advice and help you protect your rights. Contact Anthem Injury Lawyers today at (702) 857-6000 for a free consultation. Our office is in Henderson and we work with clients all over the Las Vegas area.

    What Is Nevada’s Reopening Status?

    In March 2020, Governor Steve Sisolak ordered a shutdown of nonessential businesses, including casinos and retail stores, for 30 days. Nevada later entered a phased reopening plan. At the beginning of May 2020, Nevada launched the first phase of its reopening. Restaurants, retailers, outdoor malls, and hair salons were allowed to reopen. However, safety precautions were in place.

    Nevada has been in the second phase of reopening since May 29, 2020. The second phase allowed for the reopening of state parks, bars, gyms, and movie theaters. On average, the state has reported about 1,000 daily COVID-19 cases. It is unclear whether Nevada will continue with its reopening plan. It is being reported that the state will pivot to a new long-term recovery plan. This plan may focus on increased enforcement of mitigation measures and safety rules. Please note that the information in this article may not reflect Nevada’s current status. With all of this uncertainty, it’s important to get to know experienced Las Vegas personal injury lawyers who can help you, should you become an accident victim and impacted by COVID-19.

    Will Law Firms Remain Open?

    Law firms will remain open during the COVID-19 pandemic. Governor Sisolak initially issued an order mandating non-essential businesses to close in order to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic. In response, the State Bar of Nevada provided the following information:

    • The directive listed legal work as an essential business. This means that law firms are not required to close their doors to the public. Notwithstanding, all firms are obligated to comply with the social distancing guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
    • At present, firms must reduce personal contact. This includes implementing extended telework arrangements, adopting flexible leave policies for staff who need to stay home, and canceling non-essential work travel.

    For more information see the State Bar of Nevada’s COVID-19: Information and Resources.

    Should Victims Contact a Lawyer After an Accident?

    If you are injured in an accident seek medical help immediately. Once you have received medical care, contact a personal injury lawyer. The law firm of Anthem Injury Lawyers has a dedicated team of lawyers and staff ready to help you with your personal injury case. Contact us today at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.

    How Will Lawyers Communicate With Clients During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

    Lawyers will continue to communicate with their clients as necessary. Some lawyers and clients will have more phone calls and video chats than in-person meetings. Lawyers are still able to visit and meet with their clients as a situation necessitates. However, it is encouraged that lawyers meet and consult with clients remotely. With Anthem Injury Lawyers you’ll find that we are exceptional communicators and this is exactly the skill you’ll appreciate during these uncertain times. Not only will it help our firm stay in good touch with you, it will stand you in good stead when we represent you in court or when we’re negotiating a settlement on your behalf.

    Should Victims Seek/Continue Medical Treatment?

    Victims must follow physician recommendations regarding medical treatment. Receiving proper medical care helps recovery and maximizes the value of the victim’s claim. An injured party should always consult with their physician regarding their medical treatment. If an injured person is concerned about attending physical therapy or doctor appointments because of COVID-19, they should contact their lawyer. Most clinics and medical facilities have enhanced protective measures.

    If you have questions about your personal injury case, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. The law firm of Anthem Injury Lawyers has a dedicated team of lawyers and staff ready to help you with your personal injury case. Contact us today at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.

    Will Victims Have Their Day In Court?

    During the COVID-19 pandemic, victims should expect delays in the timeline of their case. The status of trials in Nevada is changing as new safety measures are put in place. During normal times, most cases do not go to trial. Instead, cases are settled by an agreement between the parties or on motion.

    Does COVID-19 Impact a Personal Injury Case Settlement?

    As trials are delayed due to COVID-19, accident victims may face increased pressure to settle their cases. This pressure could come from increased financial strain and uncertainty.

    In some instances, the threat of the trial incentivizes the at-fault party to settle. As this threat is postponed, the at-fault party may be reluctant to settle or may offer victims less compensation than they deserve. Accident victims should always consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer regarding their case. An experienced lawyer will advocate for their client and ensure they receive just compensation. COVID-19 will not keep us from protecting your rights.

    Anthem Injury Lawyers is a team of experienced, dedicated personal injury lawyers and case managers based in Henderson, Nevada. We serve clients in a range of personal injury cases in the Las Vegas area. With over 25 years of experience, Anthem Injury Lawyers specializes in personal injury claims. Contact us today at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.

    Safety Tips During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    We hope you and your family are staying safe this summer. It can be challenging to know how to protect yourself and others during this time. The CDC has issued the following regarding how to protect yourself and others during the COVID-19 pandemic:

    • Wash your hands often
    • Avoid close contact
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others
    • Cover coughs and sneezes
    • Clean and disinfect
    • Monitor your health daily

    For additional COVID-19 safety tips see our following articles:

    Experienced Las Vegas Personal Injury Lawyers

    If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, you should speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer. A personal injury lawyer can give you legal advice and help you protect your rights. The team at Anthem Injury Lawyers is experienced in handling all types of personal injury cases. This includes car accidents, bicycle accidents, boat accidents, and motorcycle accidents.

    Our Las Vegas legal team understands that being an accident victim can be one of the most difficult things you will ever face. As you deal with injuries and wonder how to navigate the system, it is imperative that you consult with an experienced lawyer. Our Las Vegas area law firm is dedicated to helping people who have suffered in an accident due to the negligence of others. Contact Anthem Injury Lawyers today at (702) 857-6000 for a free consultation. Our office is located in Henderson and we work with clients all over the Las Vegas area. If you are the victim in an accident in Las Vegas, contact our team today.

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