A personal injury claim can help you feel more in control of your life. You have suffered from a serious accident that has left you feeling vulnerable and wounded. That’s why getting the compensation that you deserve can allow you to start the recovery process. You have time to settle what has happened to you. A successful claim will also give you some additional funds to give yourself the time to heal. However, with the current pandemic, the UK court system has been forced to slow down and focus on remote hearings to keep up with the amount of cases there are.
The UK has just entered into its third lockdown and you may feel as if claiming for a personal injury is just too much to handle. That’s why Gowing Law is here to help you during this difficult time. All of our staff are working remotely, but we can still help you get the compensation you deserve.
We understand you may be feeling a bit nervous because of how the pandemic is being handled. You don’t want to put yourself at risk, especially if you have already been hurt in an accident. But we will make sure that your personal injury claim is handled by an experienced team of personal injury claim solicitors. To find out more, why not visit our personal injury page? Click the button to find out how we can help you!
What is happening right now with the UK lockdown?
As we have entered 2021, a new strain of Covid-19 has been detected in London that has travelled from Africa. Now, several mutations of Covid-19 have been detected around the world. Normally, this would not be worrying, as mutation of the virus is quite natural. However, this variant seems to have a faster transmission rate. That means that it’s more likely to be passed on from person to person.
That is why the UK government has decided to move from placing cities into Tier 4 to a full National Lockdown. That means that there are strict rules in place that advise people to stay at home and not go out unless there is an essential reason behind the trip. Here are a few rules that you will need to stick to through until the national lockdown has ended:
In order to lower the spread of Covid-19, it is essential that these rules are followed appropriately. Many people have already had the virus themselves and may feel as if they were put at risk by their employer or by other facilities that did not implement social distancing regulations. That’s why it’s more essential than ever to make sure that you are safe and secure in your own home. However, Gowing Law Solicitors is still going to be available to help you with any personal injury claims. Take a look at the video so you can see how we can help you, even if we are currently in lockdown.
What could slow down my personal injury claim?
Now, if we are going to be realistic, the main problem that is going to come out of the current lockdown are the delays with your case. Even though the staff of Gowing Law Solicitors are working remotely, they will still be here to answer all of your questions and remotely support you through your personal injury claim. However, the current lockdown may mean that cases are going to be delayed. Already, the UK court system has experienced delays due to the courts being shut down. That means that there has been a lot of backlog already that has caused issues with compensation pay-outs.
Despite this, Gowing Law is still working hard to make sure that you get the compensation that you deserve. We are currently focused on getting you a successful PPI Tax Claim and Marriage Tax Claim. We can work with HMRC on your behalf. That way you will be able to remain at home whilst our solicitors do the hard work.
There may be some delays with your claim, especially if you get sick or your court date is moved, but our solicitors will still make sure that you get the support you need during this difficult time.
The medical impact: Compensation claims & Delays
Another problem that may come from the pandemic is that you may struggle to get medical evidence during this time. The NHS is currently focusing on Covid-19 patients. Therefore, getting a medical record to prove that you were injured may take longer than you imagined.
However, another thing you may experience is that the amount you could claim for may be increased. The delays you experience could worsen your injuries, such as medical negligence injuries that were not treated because of surgery date changes. However, you could also claim for emotional damages that you experienced whilst you were forced to endure whilst waiting to receive psychological help. You may even struggle to collect your medication due to the fact that you are self-isolating. This could have made your condition worse. Keep that in mind when you consider what you are going to claim for. The amount you get as compensation may increase.
What should I do if I get Covid-19 when I am making a claim?
If you do end up catching Covid-19 whilst you are trying to make a claim, one of the most important things that you need to do is not to leave your home. You need to keep socially distanced from people until you get better. That is why our solicitors can work with you remotely to ensure that you do not need to stress about claiming your compensation. They can speak to you over the phone and ensure that all the finer details are settled about your case. They can work with people you nominate to help out with your case or simply speak to you remotely to ensure that you are never out of the loop.
Just to give you a brief idea of what you should do if you catch Covid-19, here is a helpful infographic to give you some instructions on how to keep up with your claim:
The Basics of Covid-19 and personal injury claims
Once you have received a positive test for Covid-19, it’s important that you get in contact with your solicitor as soon as possible. Being ill could impact or delay your case. That’s why you may want to let your solicitor know that you are interested in either postponing it or moving it to a different date. You could also nominate someone to work on your behalf with your solicitor to ensure that no delays are made to your claim during your recovery.
When your lawyer knows that you are ill with Covid-19, they will do their best to work around you and make sure you are always informed. They can work on your behalf to ensure all preparations are made for any settlement agreements. You can also ask them to send you important documents and your opinion on how you want to move forward with your case. Your solicitor will still give you the best advice possible through calls, video calls and emails. Just take your case at your own pace, your lawyer will support you the best that they can.
Covid-19 Compensation: Is it a real thing?
With all of this talk of Covid-19 and the lockdown, one of the things that people may be wondering about is about whether or not you could get compensation for actually catching Covid-19. For those who have suffered from a public accident or an accident at work, they believe that they caught it from unclean conditions in public areas, or the lack of social-distancing within the environment.
Now, the main thing we need to understand is that for public environments, people do have a choice about whether or not they want to wish them. For instance, before the lockdown, it was a person’s choice to go out to an entertainment venue or a shop. Therefore, it could be said that they put themselves at risk. However, for those who were forced to go into certain environments (i.e. work environments) and may have come in contact with asymptomatic Covid-19, or people who were sick, they may have caught it due to the negligence of a business owner, their employer or local government. This is where you may have a valid claim for compensation.
What should I do if I want to know more about Covid-19 compensation?
Covid-19 compensation is a very new area for lawyers around the UK. Therefore, we would recommend that you speak to one of our solicitors to get started. They can update you with the latest legal advice and whether or not you have a valid claim.
Can I still make a personal injury claim during the pandemic?
You can! Ultimately, the amount of personal injury claims being made has gone down in the pandemic. This is because of the lockdowns and tier rules making it unnecessary to go to public areas or visit places via a vehicle. However, if you have been hurt due to someone else’s negligence, you can still make a claim. Gowing Law Solicitors can help you get the compensation that you deserve. This includes helping you get a pay-out for marriage tax claims and PPI tax claims. Click on them below to learn more:
If you want to make a personal injury claim, keep in mind that there may be delays due to the current lockdown. For instance, you may find it harder to get your medical records from a doctor. However, if you do want continue with your claim, it is essential that you collect evidence to prove you were injured due to someone else’s negligence. This includes:
- Photographs of your injuries, the environment or any damaged equipment
- Videos/CCTV/ Dash-cam footage of the injuries, the accident or the environment
- Medical records
- Police records
- Work accident book references
- Diary entries
- Witness statements
Once you have collected your evidence, your solicitor can help you consider whether or not you could be eligible for a claim. If you are eligible, they will recommend that you sit down with them, the other party and their insurer via a video call about compensation. If the other party refuses then you can start taking steps with your solicitor to take the claim to court.
Gowing Law Solicitors can help you with your personal injury claim
We understand that the current UK lockdown can leave you feeling daunted or hopeless. It is like the pandemic is never-ending. You may also feel like there isn’t a point to start making a personal injury claim if we are all locked down. However, we can assure you that this is the time to get the compensation that you deserved. Our experienced solicitors are here to help you. They will dedicate their time to your case and help you get a pay-out that can give you peace of mind.
Start off your case by speaking to our lawyers for advice and free consultations. We offer non-obligation advice. That way you can figure out whether or not you want to move forward with your claim. If you are happy to work with our Manchester solicitors. They can offer their services on a “no win- no fee” basis. That means you will always come out on top as you will not need to pay any hidden fees. You will only need to pay our solicitors if you win your case.
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