What to do if injured during the COVID-19 Crisis
Suffering an Injury During the COVID-19 Pandemic:
No one ever wants to suffer an unexpected injury. However, the challenges that come with
pursuing a personal injury claim such as a trip and fall, slip and fall, motor vehicle collision,
dog bite injury or construction accident, can be magnified during a public health crisis. If
you have suffered an injury during the COVID-19 pandemic, you retain the right to pursue a
claim against the responsible party. That said, there are some important factors to consider
following an injury during this difficult time.
Seek Medical Treatment for Serious Injuries:
It is understandable if you are concerned with the prospect of going to the emergency room
during this challenging time. However, the consequences of leaving a serious injury
untreated can be significant. If you are seriously injured, you must immediately seek
medical attention. Not only can delaying necessary medical treatment put your health at
risk, but it could also make recovering damages for a personal injury claim more difficult.
Legal Proceedings During the COVID-19 Pandemic:
Like nearly all states, Massachusetts has drastically altered how its court system operates
during these exigent circumstances. The Supreme Judicial Court issued an order effective
April 6 that makes several changes to how civil cases — including personal injury lawsuits
— will proceed. To date, this order expires on May 4, 2020, but might be renewed again.
The order impacts every lawsuit currently filed by barring all court appearances outside of
emergency hearings. Any trials that were set to occur are now on hold until after the
Commonwealth lifts the order. However, court clerks remain in place to accept filings and
facilitate hearings. It is also worth noting that all court deadlines are tolled during the
crisis. That means you could have additional time to file a lawsuit, even if the statute of
limitations on your personal injury matter will expire in the coming weeks.
While a lot about the Massachusetts legal process has changed due to the COVID-19
pandemic, don't forget that these changes are temporary. At some point, the courts will re-
open and the new deadlines for filing a personal injury lawsuit will expire.
At Dolan Connly, P.C., We Are Working and Ready to Handle Your Personal
Injury Claim Today
As Massachusetts personal injury lawyers, we are prepared today to assist you if you have
been injured during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are available to discuss your legal matter
over the telephone and via teleconference, so please call us at 617-265-3100.
At Dolan Connly, P.C., we are a Veteran-owned small business with vast experience.