The COVID-19 outbreak has reshaped our world, the way we live, and how we work. This health emergency has also led to industrial disruption, market fluctuation, and economic crises worldwide.
Legal is counted among the affected sectors, although lawyers and law firms are experiencing good demand. Still, the big wall of obstacles (arising out of the coronavirus) is making it difficult to meet. A substantial number of lawyers and law firms (including newcomers) have been focusing on personal injury law in the last decade, practicing mass marketing at a big scale. However, due to the current overall crises, there is less activity in courts, resulting in less business for personal injury legal services.
While the so far expectations from this particular legal landscape are to see things differently once the world’s situation becomes normal, many lawyers and law firms are busy tackling work-related challenges caused by several effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
Impact of COVID-19 on Personal Injury Law Firms and Lawyers
The emergency lockdown, implemented due to the COVID-19 outbreak, has almost eliminated travel for both work and recreational purposes, restricting many other outdoor activities. As a result, the number of new cases of injuries (that mandate the involvement of a personal injury lawyer) is declining.
The real impact of COVID-19 on the practice of law can be seen in the courtroom; as almost all court activities are closed, the pending/ongoing personal injury cases/proceedings have been slowed.
With postponed hearings, extended deadlines, and rescheduled or canceled depositions, the urgency required in the legal profession is somehow not there. Consequently, the public is in less need of attorneys. All these factors and delays are a threat to income.