Although many Columbus residents are abiding by the “Stay Safe Ohio” order that is in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our communities, accidents and injuries are still happening. According to a recent report from NBC News 4, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine recently extended the order until May 29, encouraging Ohioans to “stay healthy and safe at home.”
The extension of the order means that many non-essential businesses will remain closed, yet Columbus residents who work at essential businesses will still need to go to work, and people will need to leave their homes for groceries, prescription medications, and other necessities. In any of these scenarios, accidents might occur and people might get hurt.
The following are some types of accidents that may happen despite the current order to stay at home. If you got hurt in any of these ways, you should get in touch with me as soon as possible to find out more about seeking compensation.
Essential businesses in Columbus are open, and that means employees are still going to work. From jobs in the healthcare industry to workers at gas stations, pharmacies, supermarkets, and laundromats, accidents do happen and employees get hurt. Sometimes workplace accidents result from falls, but they can also result from exposure to dangerous chemicals or substances.
In some instances, especially in the healthcare field, exposure to the coronavirus and a diagnosis with COVID-19 may allow a worker to file a workers’ compensation claim. I can talk to you more about how to file a workers’ compensation claim during the coronavirus pandemic.
Slips, Trips, and Falls at Essential Businesses
If you are out buying groceries for your family or picking up medications at a drugstore, you could suffer injuries in a slip and fall accident. Retail establishments have a duty to customers, which includes cleaning up liquid spills in a timely manner to prevent slips and falls, and removing clutter in aisles to prevent trips and falls. You could be eligible to file a claim if you suffer a slip, trip, or fall while shopping at an essential business.
Motor Vehicle Accidents
There are fewer vehicles on the road given that more people are staying home, but this fact alone does not mean that a car accident will not happen. Many drivers are breaking speed limits due to the relatively empty roads, and they are putting other motorists at risk. If a car crash happens because of another driver’s recklessness, you can hold that driver accountable.
Contact Me for Assistance with Your Case
Navigating the process of filing an accident claim is difficult and confusing under any circumstances, but it can be even more complicated when there are closures and health risks due to the COVID-19 emergency. It is important to take a number of steps to preserve your ability to seek financial compensation for your losses, and it is also essential to work with an experienced accident attorney on your case.
I have years of experience representing accident victims and helping them get the money they need to cover their losses. Call me today at 877.944.4373 for more information about getting started on your case. I’ll Make Them Pay!®