We've written previously about the "New Normal" occurring in Maryland personal injury cases because of the pandemic. The first such discussion focused on the reality ( a good one) that fewer car and truck accidents are taking place because there are far fewer drivers out there.
It also mentioned that the crash claims we are seeing are more serious because the vehicle operators seem to feel that driving faster and in less control is okay now that the roads are less crowded.
Another new normal, is that many people are either having trouble receiving necessary crash-related medical care and/or are hesitant to seek such treatment in the first place.
As an example, a firm client was in a bad car accident and received a variety of injuries including most notably, a concussion. She went to the hospital but has only been able to see a neurologist since her hospitalization through video-conferencing, which she feels has been at best difficult. Her doctor has prescribed some medications which have been helpful but she feels that her sequelae have been underreported and that she may not receive fair compensation as a result.
Several other clients have either discontinued physical therapy prematurely or have had their therapist shut down temporarily due to the pandemic. This has resulted in a longer convalescence and/or an incomplete recovery.
Our recommendation is to resume therapy or treatment as soon as possible and to make sure that your healthcare provider is made aware of your continuing problems throughout your time away from care.