The coronavirus pandemic continues to complicate day-to-day life across America, months after quarantine procedures first began in most states. Here at Malzahn Law, Ltd., we have continued to come to work to help our clients. To help you prepare for how the COVID-19 pandemic will likely impact a personal injury claim you are thinking of filing soon, we have provided this quick list of key points you should know ahead of time.
Increased Financial Pressure
The coronavirus pandemic has gutted businesses of all sizes, and unemployment rates are historically high. Everyone is feeling the pressure on their finances – and insurance companies know it.
You will probably feel pressured to take the first settlement an insurance company offers you because a promise of any amount of money would help right now. With this knowledge at their disposal, many insurance companies are expected to lowball settlement offers like never before. If you are deserving of $100,000 in damages, for example, then don’t be surprised if the insurance company says they will give you $10,000 to end the claim early.
It is so important right now to be patient, take your time with your claim, and let the team of Malzahn Law, Ltd., your personal injury lawyer, help you along the way. We can evaluate any settlement offers that come your way and let you know if the insurance company is trying to apply the pressure in hopes that you will crack.
Nationwide Court Slowdown
Court systems of all sorts closed up their doors at the start of the pandemic, and have only recently started to reopen. Depending on where you live, you might only be able to interact with the court remotely. Even if your local courthouses have reopened, you can expect them to be dealing with a huge backlog of incoming cases and lawsuits.
During the coronavirus pandemic, you can expect that any case or claim will take longer than usual. Again, it is important to have patience and work with our personal injury team who can stay on top of things for you while also ensuring that your claim is developing correctly. The last thing you need while the court system is delayed is an avoidable setback because of a clerical error on your paperwork.
Do you want to work with a trusted team for your personal injury claim? Call 763-421-2160 and speak with Mark W. Malzahn. We are accepting new clients during the pandemic.