Although personal movement and other freedoms are curtailed nationwide during the current COVID-19 pandemic, life and work concerns continue, and that inevitably means personal injuries. Littman and Babiarz, Attorneys at Law, your respected personal injury lawyers in Ithaca and Auburn, NY, want you to be aware of how COVID-19 is shaking up the personal injury settlement landscape.
If you or a loved one are involved in an accident or incident and suffer a personal injury, you still have recourse. the personal injury attorneys at Littman and Babiarz are still advising clients and providing counsel and representation according to the guidelines set forth by the New York Courts. If you decide to file a personal injury claim, or have a pending claim, you may be faced with the following.
Increased Pressure to Settle
Those filing a personal injury claim or awaiting the resolution of a pending claim may face an increased pressure to settle. This pressure can come from the opposing party’s attorney, who may insist on a simple and quick resolution due to the current pandemic and restrictions that bear on the case.
You may also feel pressure from within to simply accept the first offer made and be done. This is especially true if you are out of work because of a shutdown precipitated by COVID-19. You may need the money to continue paying for housing, utilities, and other basic needs.
Business Closures Can Affect Settlements
Many businesses have been forced to furlough or lay off employees and close due to the COVID-19 containment protocols. This may pose significant difficulties that can affect your personal injury settlement. While Littman and Babiarz, your personal injury law firm in Ithaca and Auburn, NY, is trying to obtain statements and documentation about your case, if the business is currently closed, reaching the proper people can be difficult.
This can also mean that obtaining any needed documentation or statements from individuals representing the business can be delayed. Also, some experts or technical advisers we would use for your case may be available only on a limited basis.
Work-at-Home Directives and Personal Injury
Many company employees have been equipped and directed to work from home during this health crisis. Questions now arise concerning injuries suffered at home while engaged in work for your company or another client. Can you file a personal injury claim against your employer or another client if you become injured while working for them from home? Littman and Babiarz, personal injury lawyers serving Syracuse, Ithaca and Auburn, New York, can provide counsel and legal representation in this or similar matters.
Other COVID-19 Factors
What other COVID-19 provisions could contribute to a valid personal injury claim? This is new legal territory for everyone. Rest assured that Littman and Babiarz, personal injury lawyers in Ithaca and Auburn, NY, are investigating the possibilities and all legal precedents in order to serve our clients to the best of our abilities and the extent of the law.
Call Littman and Babiarz, Attorneys at Law, at 607-277-7527 to schedule a free initial consultation about your possible personal injury case. We are prepared with the skills and technology to handle your case even during these difficult times, while keeping you and our staff safe.