The COVID-19 pandemic has had an impact on the health of Canadians that is broader than the effects of contracting the virus itself. The backlog in hospitals, and numerous forms of care have been delayed, canceled or otherwise affected by the pandemic.
Personal injury cases involving accident victims did not disappear when COVID-19 was declared. The backlog in hospitals affected these victims significantly in obtaining timely medical treatment and attention. The primary concern is if the hospital beds are so full of COVID-19, what happens to these victims?
The overburdening of the healthcare system continues to pose problems. Surgical and diagnostic imaging wait times have increased dramatically.
To help you and your family stay safe and ease the pressure on an overwhelmed healthcare system, consider taking the following steps:
- Drive at an appropriate speed.
- Wear a seat belt.
- Drive in accordance with traffic and/or weather condition.
- Avoid using a cellular phone while driving.
- Ensure children are properly seated and secured.