After more than a year of challenges and business closures related to COVID-19, Pennsylvania is beginning to reopen. This is an exciting step for most people as it represents a return to normalcy.
That said, the return to normalcy could also bring a risk of serious injuries. As people return to restaurants and public places in greater numbers, accidents could occur. Keep reading to learn how to adjust to Pennsylvania reopening as well as how to avoid injuries.
Steps to avoid injury during Pennsylvania reopening
For many people, the reopening of Pennsylvania will mark their first return to public places or businesses in over a year. For those people that have largely remained home during the pandemic, it could take some adjusting. As you reenter public spaces, it is important to avoid any hazards that may be present.
Some of the best ways to adjust to reopening and avoid physical injuries include:
- Step carefully: Slips, trips, and falls represent one of the major risks of injury in any public place. A fall hazard could include a spilled drink on the floor of a movie theater or loose food items on the floor of a grocery store. For individuals who have largely remained away from public places, additional care should be paid to these hazards.
- Be aware of your health issues: Some health issues could result in injuries when you return to public spaces. For example, a person suffering from asthma may need to prepare before they go out in public again.
- Remain vigilant at work: Many injuries occur in the workplace. For those individuals who have not returned to the office in over a year, it could be a shock to become accustomed to having people around again. Take care to avoid an injury at work, especially in warehouses and other dangerous workplaces.
- Watch for traffic: More people headed to public spaces means an increase in traffic on the road. If you haven’t been driving in a while, exercise additional caution when behind the wheel.
These are only a few of the steps you could take to adjust to life after quarantining. The important thing to remember is to remain vigilant and ease into public life with your full faculties intact.
Injury risks during Pennsylvania’s reopening
Personal injuries could increase as the state begins to reopen. With more people getting out and about, the odds of experiencing an accident will only continue to grow.
Expect more traffic on the roads than there has been in the last year. More drivers on the roads means more instances of vehicle collisions and pedestrian accidents.
More people will be gathering at shopping malls and other places of business, so keep an eye out for hazards on the premises so you do not slip and fall.
Pennsylvania’s process of reopening post-COVID
The State of Pennsylvania has a plan in place for the reopening of the economy, thanks to the falling infection rate and the increasing percentage of vaccinated residents.
In the beginning, businesses were required to close throughout Pennsylvania. Over time, capacity for indoor dining and other businesses slowly began to expand. However, there were still a number of safety measures in place, including social distancing requirements and mask mandates.
According to the governor, all COVID-19 business restrictions for restaurants, public gatherings, and businesses will be lifted in their entirety on May 31, 2021. While the easing of restrictions applies to seating capacity both indoors and out, rules regarding masks remain in place until at least 70 percent of all adult residents are vaccinated.
What to do when injuries happen
Despite your best efforts, injuries might still happen during the reopening. If you find yourself suffering from an injury during this process, there are steps you can take to ensure you remain healthy while also protecting your legal rights.
- Observe remaining health regulations: If a mask mandate is still in place, it is important to abide by those guidelines should you suffer an injury. The fastest route to recovering from an injury is remaining healthy in general.
- Seek medical care: You should seek immediate medical care any time you suffer an injury. Even minor injuries have the potential to bring lasting consequences if they go untreated. Seeking out medical care right away protects your claim to potential compensation and could speed up the process of healing.
- File reports: If you suffer an injury in a public place, like a business or government office, you should file an incident report with the owner or occupier. Many large businesses provide forms to file these reports. These records could be useful in your personal injury claim in the future.
- Work with an attorney: An attorney from our firm could advise you of your rights and help you pursue fair compensation.
Work with an attorney after suffering an injury
No matter how vigilant you are in your effort to adjust to reopening and avoid injuries, the reality is that accidents can happen at any time. Some injuries could prove entirely unavoidable and result from little more than bad luck. In other cases, accidents could happen as the result of another person’s negligence. In these cases, you could be entitled to recover monetary compensation for your injuries.
The team at Cordisco & Saile LLC stands ready to advocate for the injured as Pennsylvania reopens. Our firm has been handling personal injury claims on behalf of our clients for years. Call (215) 642-2335 for your free consultation today.