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THE CORONAVIRUS SHUTDOWN – Advice for Personal Injury Clients

Posted by Michael Burman | Aug 04, 2020 | 0 Comments

THIS ARTICLE PROVIDES ADVICE FOR CLIENTS FACING:                                                          

  • Prescription Medication Shortage
  • Unavailable Medical Provider
  • Lost Income
  • Extraordinary Harms and Losses
  • Other Related Matters

PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION SHORTAGE   

  1.  If you have access to a pharmacy, then stock up and buy extra medication.  Talk to your pharmacist to determine what is a reasonable amount of medication for your future needs.
  2.  If you do not have access to a pharmacy or prescription, contact your past medical providers and request a prescription.  If all else fails, an ER doctor must treat you.

UNAVAILABLE MEDICAL PROVIDER

  1.  If your current medical provider is unavailable, contact your past medical providers and request substitute treatment.
  2.  Some health care insurance plans provide off-site treatment via telemedicine providers.  See Other Related Matters below for more information.
  3.  If all else fails, an ER doctor must treat you.
  4.  At Burman Law, we are working to develop a list of alternative treatment providers.  We will do our best to find someone to see you.

LOST INCOME

  1.  If you earn wages and lose your job, file an unemployment claim.  Contact Burman Law if you need help with your unemployment claim.  On any unemployment questionnaire that asks about what you can and cannot do, answer by indicating you are “ready, willing and able to work within any restrictions set by your medical provider.”
  2. The Trump administration is requesting two rounds of $1,000 stimulus checks to adults, plus an additional $500 for each child.    More will be posted on this as the legislation develops.  Checks are planned for April 6.

EXTRAORDINARY HARMS AND LOSSES

  1. Kentucky and Tennessee law recognizes harms and losses can increase due to complications caused by economic or medical issues traceable to the injury.
  2. Document, document, document – by date and short description – how your harms and losses increased because you could not get medication, receive treatment or suffered increase stress when your employer raised your job duties beyond your work restrictions for example.

OTHER RELATED MATTERS

Burman Law is here to assist as this shutdown touches each of us.  My legal team may not have every answer, but we have years of experience and contacts to solve your problems.  Contact us.

Please use the Burman Law Client Portal as much as you can.

We are keeping a list of alternate medical providers who may provide you with a short-term solution.  Contact us for more information.  Here is a list for Hopkinsville and Clarksville medical providers who have told us they will try and help:

Jennie Stuart Medical Group 270-886-7427 112 Keeton Drive Hopkinsville, KY 42240.  Call ahead and the Doctor will evaluate by phone if need to come in or do a Telehealth Visit
Premier Medical Group 931-245-7029 490 Dunlop Lane Clarksville, TN 37043.  Stated at this time still taking appointments as usual, but please use precaution and wash hands.

Some health care insurance plans cover telemedicine. Telemedicine is the diagnosis and treatment of patients by means of telecommunications technology. You can obtain an answer by contacting your health insurance provider via telephone or by their website. i. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kentucky – 859-226-5300 ii. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee – 423-535-5600

Here are additional numbers and links for more information:

TN Department of Education COVID-19 629-888-5898 or toll free 833-947-2115- hotline is available Monday-Friday 6:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., [email protected]

TN Department of Health- Tennessee Coronavirus Public Information Line- hotline 877-857-2945

https://www.tn.gov/education/health-and-safety/update-on-coronavirus.html

Pennyroyal Center RESPOND hotline (available 24/7/365): 877-473-7766

Kentucky's COVID-19 Website and hotline: 800-722-5725, or general inquires can be emailed to [email protected]

Be aware that gaps in treatment with no reasonable explanation are hurtful to any case.  Document gaps in treatment by date and a short explanation for the delay.  Send us Progress Reports.  We routinely keep insurance adjusters updated on your case, even in this pandemic, we are sending update letters to the adjusters.

My staff and I have years of experience dealing with injury-related matters.  We have never experienced a pandemic, but we are familiar with catastrophic loss.  As we learn things, we will update this post.

God Bless You and America.  We will win this fight together, and we are working remotely and at the Hopkinsville office if you need us.  The Clarksville Office is not open to the public.

About the Author

Michael Burman

Let me tell you my story. I hope you will share yours. Mike Burman I grew up on a farm in Christian County, Kentucky. We raised cattle and crops.  We depended on each other.  We worked hard. In my senior year, I traveled 45 miles a day to graduate high school from Clarksville Academy, Clar...

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