Personal injury during a pandemic
Facing a serious injury under normal circumstances can be challenging, to say the least. But in the midst of a pandemic, those challenges become even more daunting: how will you meet with your lawyer? What do you do if you can’t go to your doctor for evaluations?
Telemedicine to the rescue
Telemedicine is a powerful tool if you are in the midst of a personal injury case, allowing you to see your doctor without having to go to the doctor’s office. Ideally, telemedicine takes place via video conference, so your doctor can see you, hear your voice, make eye contact and vice versa. While doing a full physical exam is not possible via telemedicine, there is value in still having a face-to-face meeting with your doctor as a part of your personal injury case. Telemedicine also allows your case to continue moving forward while much of the world is under stay-at-home orders.
Using video conferencing apps like Zoom requires that you have broadband access, which not everybody has. If you don’t have broadband, however, you can still confer with your doctor via phone, either through a normal call, through Facetime or another video chat service.
Telemedicine offers benefits for both doctor and patient. Both can avoid the personal contact, and therefore the risk of viral transmission that would otherwise be present during an in-person visit. Patients can stay home and get needed rest without having to commute to the doctors’ office and sit in a waiting room; things that can be difficult for reasons of compromised mobility even when there is not a deadly pandemic going on. These virtual meetings can allow your personal injury case to move forward, even when the rest of the world seems to be standing still.