Even though the coronavirus pandemic has been on the forefront of people’s minds, it remains true that injuries can and will happen from other accidents in California, even as the fight against the virus continues. If you were injured by another person, you may wonder how a case would go forward and you’d get maximum compensation from the responsible party during this time. Despite the impact COVID-19 has had, it is still possible to take steps to best maintain the value of your case.
In Los Angeles personal injury lawsuits, a major factor in maximizing the value of your case is that you must demonstrate that you took steps to mitigate your damages. This means that you must make reasonable efforts to recover from your injuries. The primary way to mitigate damages when you sustain injury is to seek medical care as soon as possible after your accident. This may mean emergency surgery, or something as simple as the first available appointment with your primary care physician. Whatever the treatment entails, it will usually involve many appointments with a medical professional over a lengthy period.
However, the fact remains that to maximize the value of your case, it’s imperative that you seek medical attention immediately and follow the recommendation of your doctor exactly. In the time of coronavirus, it’s understandable that injury victims may be concerned about going to their doctor’s office or afraid to go to a hospital for fear of exposure. Unfortunately, though, failure to seek medical care after an accident or continue with your doctor-recommended treatment doesn’t change the fact you must act despite your fears in order to maximize your potential for recovery. Tele-health is a huge thing right now and absolutely something to investigate if your injuries are such that you think a remote evaluation would work and also something the doctor would be able to tell you.
Steps to Take When Receiving Care
When you are seen by a doctor, it’s understandable there may be some anxiety surrounding the visit due to the contagious nature of coronavirus and its recent spread. There are several precautions you may wish to consider when visiting, including:
- Maintaining at least a 6-foot separation from everyone
- Protective wear such as gloves
- Washing your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds
- Keeping your hands away from your face
However, the fact remains seeking treatment is still critical to the value of your case – no matter the circumstances. And it is also critical to your physical recovery as well. In addition to remote medical consultations, there are also remote therapies to help with your physical and emotional recovery.
Speak to a Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorney
If you or a loved one was injured in an accident, you should contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at Walch Law to ensure you are taking steps to protect the strengthen of your case and look after your health. Attorneys Robert and Gary Walch have over 40 years of experience winning personal injury cases from deaths and accidents all over California. We are remote during this time so give us a call or shoot us a message and let’s get started.