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Brett Cain is a trial lawyer, the owner of the Cain Firm, and a partner at The Law Center. (Courtesy photo)

Large-scale global and local events are perpetually keeping personal injury attorneys on their toes. The latest incident is undoubtedly the vast and cataclysmic spread of COVID-19. With stricter guidelines for limiting exposure to the novel virus coming out each day, the ripple effects of COVID-19 are being felt across the nation.

On March 19, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced an executive order restricting crowds of over 10 people, closing restaurants (still allowing takeout), retail stores, gyms, schools, bars—anywhere people generally gather. Within the week, most Texas counties took the order a step further, telling residents to “shelter in place,” asking them to only leave if they are an essential employee (government official, medical practitioner, supermarket employees, etc.), or to acquire essential items for their household.

The effects of these restrictions have had an impact on the economy, personal finances and the psychological well-being of the United States at large. The personal injury sector has not been immune and has been significantly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Understanding the various ways in which personal injury law has been affected and potential resolutions can aid in alleviating some of the inevitable damages.

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