As we all strive to adjust to the COVID-19 pandemic, new and different challenges continue to present themselves.
For many people, the COVID-19 pandemic is interfering not only with their day-to-day lives, but with their futures as well.
Personal injury victims who have filed actions or claims to recover for their injuries often have to wait months or even years before they are able to receive the compensation they deserve. And during that time, it is important that they continue to get the medical care they need. This is critical not only for the person’s own healing, but also because it can have a direct effect on their court case.
Well, as they do in all cases, damages play an important part in a personal injury action. Judges and juries look closely at whether or not the plaintiff (i.e., injured person) sought medical care initially for his injuries. And they look at whether or not the plaintiff continued to get medical care over time.
Because the common thinking is that, if you don’t go to the doctor for your injuries or get the treatment you need, then you can’t really be all that injured.
But right now the pandemic is interfering with everyone’s ability to get medical treatment. Many hospitals are limiting visits and most doctor’s offices are cancelling appointments due to COVID-19. As a result, the issue facing many personal injury claimants now is whether or not they should try to keep scheduled medical and physical therapy appointments.
Doctor’s Appointments and Damages
Because receiving proper medical attention and treatment are so important for healing and to establish damages in a personal injury case, it is still critical, even during the COVID-19 pandemic, that personal injury victims continue to get the medical attention they need.
If you are faced with cancelled appointments, here are 3 things you can try.
- If your appointment is cancelled, reschedule it.
Rather than just skipping your appointments, ask to reschedule any appointments that get cancelled. Since it is not known how long the pandemic will last, you may be able to attend a later-scheduled appointment. Also, be sure to keep track of all cancelled appointments. Note down that the doctor’s office cancelled it and why. If at all possible, ask the doctor’s office to note down that you asked to be seen, but the appointment had to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Can’t make physical therapy? Try to get a list of home exercises you can do.
If you usually attend physical therapy and your sessions have been cancelled, find out if your therapist can provide a list of exercises you can do at home. Unfortunately, at this time, physical therapists are not statutorily-authorized providers of telehealth under Medicare, so you may not be able to do “virtual” therapy visits.
- Attend your doctor’s visits virtually.
Doctors, on the other hand, have been cleared to provide telehealth to their patients. So ask to attend your doctor’s visits virtually. Videoconferencing with your doctor can help avoid gaps in your medical treatment during this time.
Personal Injury Attorneys in Cumming, Georgia.
The personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark Weinstein, P.C., are here to help you. We serve clients in Atlanta, and in a number of counties throughout Georgia, including: Clayton County, Cobb County, Dekalb County, Douglas County, Fulton County, and Paulding County, among others. To find out how we can help you, call us at: 770-888-7707. Or contact us here.