Receiving proper medical treatment is paramount to any personal injury case. It is important, that if you or a loved one are involved in a car accident, slip and fall or any other type of personal injury matter, that you do not delay seeking medical treatment.
For some, it can be difficult to justify the health risk associated with getting treatment, due to the exposure inside these medical facilities. Some injuries may seem minor on the surface, but head injuries, such as concussions and traumatic brain injuries, can have subtle symptoms but be life threatening if not treated properly- and timely.
The good news is that recent initiatives in the healthcare and technology fields are paving the way for safer treatment during the coronavirus pandemic.
On Monday, March 16, 2020, Florida’s Surgeon General issued a rare Emergency Order that allows certain out-of-state health care professionals to temporarily provide telehealth/telemedicine services to persons in Florida in order to prepare for, respond to, or mitigate the effects of COVID-19. For personal injury cases, the need for continued medical care remains vital, not only for the health of the injured plaintiff, but also for the success of the personal injury claim.
What is telemedicine?
Telemedicine (also referred to as “telehealth” or “e-health”) allows health care professionals to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients in remote locations using telecommunications technology. Telemedicine allows patients in remote locations to access medical expertise quickly, efficiently and without travel.
Personal injury cases not only involve emergency medical treatment but also treatment after the fact. A doctor may need to closely monitor your progress. An injured person may need to go through extensive physical therapy or receive pain relief in the form of steroid injections, even undergo surgery. The fear of contracting the coronavirus should not keep you from receiving that treatment. Not being treated for your injuries can help the insurance company’s claim that you are not as severely injured as you claim in your case.
Our firm has a dedicated list of healthcare facilities and medical practitioners that are well-equipped with the skills and telemedicine technology to provide the most comprehensive and quality care to our clients during these uncertain times.
At Wooten, Kimbrough, Damaso & Dennis, P.A. we are taking virtual sign-ups and can handle your case remotely as needed to reduce exposure to and spread of the coronavirus. We take calls from clients and injured victims 24/7, 365 days a year. For current clients, please keep in touch with your attorney during this time and make sure you respond to all communications sent by your attorney so that you do not miss any important deadlines for your case.