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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

The Impact of COVID-19 on New York Personal Injury Cases

Q: What effect could COVID-19 have on my personal injury lawsuit?

We are certainly living in unsettled times. That’s particularly true in New York City and the surrounding areas – considered to be the American epicenter of the coronavirus and COVID-19 cases.

New York City personal injury attorneys are juggling to adapt to ever-changing government directives that impact the way they practice during these lockdown and social distancing times.

How can coronavirus-related changes impact pending personal injury lawsuits?

Expect delays. Personal injury cases have historically moved frustratingly slowly through the overburdened New York court system. Now, all of the court conference and trial dates in pending actions will need to be rescheduled due to government-mandated courthouse closures that have effectively frozen cases in time. So, there will be an even greater backlog of cases once the courthouses re-open.

Pressure to settle. COVID-19 has already had a dramatic impact on the economy and the future is uncertain. Many people have recently lost or expect to lose their jobs. Understandably, victims may feel greater pressure to accept a low insurance company settlement even though it’s generally to their financial benefit to hold out if they possibly can.

Roadblocks to medical care. Depending on where you live, government directives may be in place that impact your access to non-critical healthcare so that all available resources can be directed to treating COVID-19 emergencies. It’s important to speak with your attorney about any difficulties you may be experiencing regarding accessing your physical therapy, primary care doctor, or other providers necessary for your care and your claim.

Should I just wait to call a personal injury attorney about my accident until after the COVID-19 crisis passes?

If you have been injured in a car accident or other accident, it’s important not to wait to speak with an attorney until after the COVID-19 crisis passes. State laws differ—and are routinely being impacted by Executive Orders as the crisis evolves. Depending on your particular situation, delaying seeking legal counsel may cause you to miss important statutory deadlines which could bar you from taking legal action later.

If you or a loved one has been injured or a loved one has been killed as a result of the actions or inactions of someone else, the Goldstein Law Firm can help maximize the compensation to which you may be entitled. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.

From our offices in the Bronx, New York, we represent injured victims and their families throughout New York City and New York State as well as those injured while visiting New York.


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