What’s Changed For Car Accidents As NYC Reopens?

New York City finally entered Phase I of reopening this Monday, June 8th. This smart reopening is only happening because we’re continuing to see a downward trend in new cases, hospitalizations and deaths. At the peak of the crisis there were few cars on the road, but traffic is expected to pick up after the re-opening, increasing the likelihood of accidents. People injured in car accidents were sent home during the lockdown for fear of stressing hospitals and spreading the disease. There are still precautions in place, but new options are becoming available for car accident victims. It’s hard to keep up on all these changes, that’s why it’s a good idea to call a Queens car accident attorney right after an accident to assist with next steps. Wittenstein and Wittenstein are the most reputable car accident lawyers in Queens. Call 718-261-8114 for a free consultation.

Queens Car Accident Attorney Can Help You During The Covid Reopening Process

For the last three months only victims of catastrophic injuries from car accidents were taken to the hospital by ambulance. Less serious injuries were evaluated by paramedics that would recommend treatment at an Urgent Care, preferably one that was online. Now it’s possible to get checked out at an Emergency Room, which is wise because of the greater access to diagnostic machines such as cat scans. Police were not taking accident reports during the height of the crisis, but now they are being directed to do so. If the police officer refuses to do this, he or she should be politely reminded that they must make a report. This report is very helpful for your Queens car accident attorney to use for your case, so you should always at least try to make sure it gets done.

When Are The Courts Opening and How Does That Impact My Case?

The courts remain closed for all non-essential matters. Essential matters such as those that involve incarceration or the transfer of minors out of the jurisdiction. This doesn’t mean you can’t get your case started as cases can once again be filed, with virtual hearings and discovery in full force even though the buildings are not open. The beginning of a case involves filing papers and getting treatment for your injuries, so starting a case now is a smart move.

Are Medical Facilities Open To Treat Accident Injuries?

Yes, most doctor, physical therapy and chiropractic offices are now open. This means that you can have the full spectrum of services available to treat your injuries. Reopening doctor’s offices have put many new protocols in place for the safety of patients and their staff, but some places are safer than others. That’s why it’s a good idea to ask your car accident attorney in Queens to recommend an especially clean and safe facility. Wittenstein & Wittenstein has been helping injured people for more than 60 years, which is why they are the most reputable car accident attorneys in Queens. Call 718-261-8114 for a free consultation.

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Senior Partner Ms. Wittenstein began working at the firm in 1985 as a managing paralegal, learning all the practices and procedures of the firm from Mr. Wittenstein and the staff. From 1995-1998, she attended CUNY Law School where she made a mark as a teaching assistant for Civil Rights leader Haywood Burns. She founded a Human Rights Delegation to Haiti and studied Constitutional Law with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Working at the Equal Opportunity Employment Commision (EEOC), she learned a great deal about Employment Discrimination matters. She brought her knowledge of the Personal Injury practice and her passion for Civil Rights to the firm when she was admitted to the Bar in 1999. In 2000, she became a partner and the firm name was changed to Wittenstein & Wittenstein, Esqs. PC.

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