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04/14/20   |   By

Advocating for Yourself Or a Loved One If You Get the Coronavirus

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While epidemiologists and politicians debate the best ways to address the pandemic on a societal level, individuals need guidance on how to handle personal emergencies. So much about the coronavirus situation is unclear, because of how fast the pandemic has spread and how little we know about the enemy. Guidance even from places like the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) remains fluid—witness the current expert debate over when and where to wear protective masks.

If you or someone you love does get sick, and you need medical attention, what can you do to make sure you get the care you need? Here are useful general principles:

  1. Document everything. Write down when you got symptoms, how your symptoms evolve over time, and anything a medical professional tells you about the problem. This paper trail can help doctors analyze your situation, and it can give you insight into what works and what doesn’t work to control symptoms.
  2. Be dogged and persistent. Obviously, you don’t want to bother or harass medical workers, who are being pushed to the brink by the pandemic. That said, you deserve answers to your medical questions. Be resourceful, and don’t allow bureaucratic obstacles to diminish your care.
  3. Get help. This is not a battle you have to fight alone. The pandemic is bringing out amazing acts of altruism. Figure out specifically what kind of help you need, and then ask for it. For instance, maybe now is the time to ask your brother for help with your kids while you sort out medical care. Maybe it’s time to accept charity or donations. Ask creditors for extensions; ask clients and coworkers to pick up slack for you; ask friends to let you vent to them.

Our legal team is ready to help advocate for you and your family if you’ve experienced a personal injury or if you’ve been harmed by medical malpractice. Reach out today for compassionate, intelligent representation.

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