The COVID-19 pandemic has affected many people around the world and has closed many businesses, including courts, prompting accident victims to ask, “Can I file an accident claim during COVID-19?”
While U.S. courts have shut down, many have slowly reopened with coronavirus prevention protocols in place. For example, in place of in-person meetings, Zoom hearings and teleconferencing are becoming the new normal as people adapt to a new way of living during COVID-19.
That being said, the COVID-19 pandemic will not prevent you from filing a car accident or truck accident claim. Our experienced personal injury attorneys at The Law Offices of Patrick S. O’Brien are still open for business, have taken precautions, and are ready to fight for your case. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.
Car Accident Claims During COVID-19
For the time being, Missouri courts have suspended in-person proceedings statewide during the COVID-19 pandemic. All proceedings have been moved to virtual spaces. While your claim could take longer to process than before the outbreak, Missouri’s statute of limitations is still in place, so it is critical to act quickly and take legal action as soon as possible after an accident.
Seeking Medical Attention After an Accident
While hospitals and medical providers may be busier than ever, if you were injured in a car accident, you should not hesitate to seek medical treatment right away. A doctor can document your injuries, and if new or worsened symptoms arise, you have medical proof that your injuries were caused in the accident.
Proving Fault in an Accident
Social distancing procedures may change the way that you file a claim, but it doesn’t change the evidence that you need to prove your case. To preserve the value of your claim, it’s important to collect proof of the accident, including:
- Police reports
- Other driver’s insurance information
- Witness interviews
- Pictures of the accident scene
- Medical records
After an accident, you may be tempted to accept a lower settlement for your injuries from the insurance company. Do not settle without speaking with an attorney. An experienced St. Louis personal injury lawyer can investigate the accident, assess your damages, and help you get the compensation you deserve.
How an Attorney Can Help You With Your Accident Claim in St. Louis During COVID-19
Filing an accident claim during the COVID-19 pandemic may have added complications, but a St. Louis personal injury lawyer can guide you through the process. An experienced car accident lawyer in St. Louis can help you file an insurance claim for your injuries, property damage, and other losses, fully and accurately assess your damages and aggressively negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf to establish fault and recover full and fair compensation for your losses.
The experienced attorneys at The Law Offices of Patrick S. O’Brien will give your case the personalized attention that it deserves and will walk you through every step of the claims process. We work on a contingency basis, meaning that we don’t charge fees for our services unless we win compensation for you. We won’t back down when dealing with insurance companies and work hard for clients to ensure that they are fairly compensated for their injuries and losses.
Contact a St. Louis Car Accident Attorney
The Law Offices of Patrick S. O’Brien is actively accepting accident claims during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you suffered serious injuries in an auto accident, and are ready to begin the claims process, contact us today to schedule a free consultation and discuss your case with a personal injury attorney in St. Louis.