What should I do if I get hurt during COVID-19?
North Carolina residents are hunkering down in order to help flatten the curve during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. While we’re currently experiencing tough times, this will eventually pass.
Meanwhile, it is critical that North Carolina residents do their best to stay safe. Here’s why:
Traffic collisions could still happen
Many people must still go out to get groceries, go to work and attend medical appointments. That means roadway crashes are still likely.
The statewide shutdown due to COVID-19 has reshaped our streets and roadways. The number of cars on the road has been reduced significantly. Yet there has been an increase in large commercial truck traffic, as deliveries of food and medical supplies still need to be made. With fewer cars on the road, speeding may also become an issue.
Car accidents often result in:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Bone fractures
- Back and neck injuries
- Sprains and tears
If you're involved in a crash, it's important that you take these steps immediately after:
- Call the police
- Exchange insurance information with the other driver
- Take pictures of the crash scene with your cellphone (if you're able to)
- Get medical attention (even if you feel fine)
- Consult with an experienced car accident attorney
Hazards in grocery stores
Many Florida grocery stores are limiting the number of people allowed in each store. The employees and management at many of these stores are working as hard as possible to keep up with demand. In some cases, this could result in basic safety measures being ignored.
Slip and fall hazards may increase during this time due to:
- Unaddressed liquid spills and breakages
- Debris in aisles and walkways
- Water being tracked in from outdoors
If you have sustained an injury at a grocery store, be sure to do the following:
- Report the incident to an employee or store manager
- Document the time, date, and location of the accident
- Document the cause of the accident
- Take picture of the scene of the accident
- Get medical help
- Speak to an attorney who knows how to handle slip and fall claims.
Can I get legal representation during COVID-19?
If you sustained an injury during this time, you should still get the legal help you need. An experienced personal injury lawyer at The Law Offices of Richard Flexner can help you obtain compensation for medical bills, lost wages and other damages caused by someone else's negligence.
We serve clients in the greater Wilmington area and offer free, confidential case evaluations. Contact us online or call us at 800-FLEXNER (800-353-9637) to find out how we can help you.