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Covid-19: What Does It Mean For Your Personal Injury Claim?

The implications of Covid-19 are far-reaching and changing daily, leading to uncertainty in our personal and professional lives – including when it comes to making a personal injury claim.

Naturally, if you are in the process of making a personal injury claim or considering starting a claim for compensation, you’ll want to know what will happen to your case during lockdown. We want to reassure all our clients, current and prospective, that Bartletts Solicitors continues to operate as usual and is providing the full range of services that includes personal injury services – the only difference being we are conducting meetings via telephone or video calls instead of in person.

Will My Personal Injury Claim Progress During COVID 19 & Local Lockdowns?

Yes, it will. Since the start of lockdown in March, we have been working as normal to help our clients with their legal matters, the only difference has been location as we were initially working remotely from home rather than from the office.

All our solicitors are contactable as though they were in the office and continue to speak to clients, insurance companies and other solicitors to ensure the work is still completed.

Cases are settled weekly and meetings / Court hearings still go ahead via telephone or video calls.

Can Deadlines Still Be Met?

Yes, they can. At the start of lockdown, the Government amended the Civil Procedure Rules to provide greater flexibility for parties meeting Court deadlines and directions.

Practice Direction 51ZA now states both parties can agree extensions of deadlines by up to 56 days. The Courts are also showing greater leniency when extension requests are made.

We are all working diligently to make sure all cases progress as they would outside of lockdown, and always meet our weekly deadlines to keep cases on track.

What Can You Do To Help With Your Personal Injury Claim?

In addition to speaking to a qualified personal injury lawyer about your claim, there are things you can do to support your case and make it stronger.

Document Your Injuries

Any official reports will support your claim, so if you’ve been injured in a road traffic accident contact the authorities straightaway so they can document the incident.

Take photos of the scene of the accident and the details of the other party and witnesses, and store these somewhere safe.

Keep A Diary

It’s a good idea to write down your life since your accident, and the physical and psychological impact it’s had on you. Document any pain or mental suffering, keep photos of your injuries, and stay in touch with your GP as your medical records can be used as evidence.

Also keep a record of your financial losses since your accident, including receipts and evidence of extra costs incurred.

Talk To Your Lawyer

Your solicitor is there to help you so be sure to communicate with him or her, asking questions and checking if ever you’re unsure. Make sure you don’t settle your case too soon – you should wait until your treatments are completed, including any physiotherapy, surgical operations or therapy you may need. It’s a good idea to speak to your personal injury solicitor before accepting a settlement.

How We Can Help You With A Personal Injury Claim

Our personal injury solicitors are providing the same high standard of service throughout lockdown and are fully committed to ensuring it is business as usual for all our clients.

The nature of the coronavirus situation is that it is changing on a regular basis – we will provide you with the most relevant advice and guidance for your personal injury claim and support you throughout the entire process.

As always, we will ensure we fully understand your situation and the circumstances of your accident before tailoring our advice on the best way to proceed and to secure the best possible outcome for you.

To speak to one of our specialist solicitors about making a personal injury claim, contact us on 0800 988 3674 or email advice@bartletts.co.uk