The current pandemic causes disruptions in everyone’s life, from retailers to employers to the home. We see a constant shift in how we respond to daily tasks. However, it causes more severe disruptions in cases of personal injuries.
Many victims may feel pressured to settle personal injury suits due to the disruptions in medical treatment and the court process. However, you can work through a suit even during times of COVID-19. What you need to focus on is proving your injuries for that case.
The Pandemic, Personal Injury and Proof
The proof of burden in every personal injury case falls onto the plaintiff, or the victim who submits the lawsuit. Essentially, it’s down to the plaintiff to show their injuries, how the defendant’s actions caused those injuries and the damages affected due to those injuries.
The same standard for proof is necessary for the current climate. However, many people may feel their evidence is lacking or seek to settle their case due to financial restraints during the coronavirus pandemic. However, you can still uphold the same level of proof through documentation and proper arguments.
First, record what medical treatments you are or have received due to your injuries. It’s more challenging as some medical providers are solely focused on COVID-19 victims. However, you do need to seek medical attention quickly after the initial injury and possible follow-ups to ensure that you are recovering as planned.
You may not receive a clear indication of how much money or time treatments will cost due to the disruptions in medical treatment. It makes it more crucial not to settle your case until you receive the full picture of your treatments.
Second, you need to pinpoint how the defendant’s actions caused your injuries. There are circumstances where a defendant’s lack of action may also cause your injuries. In either situation, you need to show a clear connection between the action and the contribution to your injury.
Finally, you need to show how these injuries caused financial, emotional and physical suffering. Between medical treatments, lost wages and emotional trauma, victims can show how the injury led to significant damages, or monetary compensation from the defendant. To prove this, you need documentation and evidence of the horrific trauma you went through and how your wallet also suffered.
It’s an incredibly intimidating process, especially during a pandemic. But it’s essential to build a solid case that can last through any tough situation.