The coronavirus pandemic is a severe public health crisis. According to the Florida Department of Health, more than 750,000 cases of the respiratory disease have been confirmed in our state as of mid-October. You may be wondering; What should I do if I am involved in a traffic collision during the pandemic? The answer is that you should still seek medical attention and pursue a claim—though there are some unique considerations that you should keep in mind. Here, our Boca Raton car accident lawyers discuss the key things you should know about how COVID-19 affects your auto accident claim.
1. Maintain Social Distancing in the Aftermath of a Collision
After a crash, Florida requires drivers to stop their vehicle, exchange information, and remain at the scene of collision. COVID-19 has not changed these laws. That being said, it is important to take additional precautions to protect your health. Public health authorities strongly advise motorists to maintain social distancing and sanitizing protocols after an accident. You should carry a mask and hand sanitizer in your vehicle. When interacting with other drivers or law enforcement officers, try to maintain at least six feet of distance.
2. Seek Immediate Medical Attention: Treatment is Available
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If you were hurt in a car accident in South Florida, you need to see a doctor. Do not let the COVID-19 pandemic prevent you from getting the professional medical care that you need. Although the coronavirus has certainly put pressure on the health care system, there are services available in Florida. Protect your health and well-being by seeing a physician.
3. Schedule a Free, Fully Remote Consultation With an Attorney
You do not have to travel to an office building to get help from a lawyer. At Eltringham Law Group, our personal injury law firm offers free, fully virtual initial consultations. We are prepared to offer contact-free legal guidance. You do not have to wait until COVID-19 subsides to work with an experienced car accident lawyer.
4. Florida’s Courts are Operating—Though Minor Delays are Possible
You can still initiate a car accident injury claim in Florida. There is no reason to wait to start the legal claims process. Victims need financial compensation for their damages. The courts in South Florida are open. On October 16th, 2020, the Florida Courts issued its latest COVID-19 guidance. Almost every court in the state is currently in ‘Phase 2’. At the same time, state officials do caution that there could be some minor delays in legal proceedings. Courts may be required to make last-minute schedule changes.
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At Eltringham Law Group, our Florida car accident attorneys are skilled, relentless advocates for injured victims. If you were hurt in a traffic collision during COVID-19, we are here to help. To set up a free personal injury case evaluation, please contact us today. From our Boca Raton legal office, we represent auto accident victims throughout the region, including in West Palm Beach, Jupiter, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, and North Palm Beach.