Coronavirus – The Impact on Your Claim
02 April 2020
Last Updated: 31/03/20
COVID-19 – Service Update
We continue to closely monitoring the impact of COVID-19 and the impact on our customer’s claims.
During this time of continued uncertainty over the COVID-19 pandemic, we understand the importance of communicating with our customers to give assurance that the right procedures are in place to ensure the safe provision of Medical Assessments and rehabilitation
As a result of government supported, travel restrictions, for non-essential journeys, we are working with our Medical and Rehabilitation partners to ensure customers receive the right level of medical attention and support at the right time.
- Our Medical agency partners and Medical experts are working hard to ensure every opportunity is taken to provide a consistent and continuous service
- All vulnerable customers, including anyone over the age of 70, have been contacted and given confidence that they are in safe hands with future appointment dates agreed
- We are using technology wherever possible, in-line with Medco guidelines, to provide remote video conference medical assessments
- We are working with industry bodies to utilise this same technology to provide rehabilitation services and will provide further information on this element in the near future
Your appointed medical assessment provider will be in touch to provide more information, in the meantime if you require further support, please contact your file handler via your MyClaim app or by using the email details previously shared.
Last Updated: 26/03/20
We appreciate that avoiding or dealing with the coronavirus will be a high priority for many of our clients, but at the same time, customers will be keen to ensure that their cases are progressed as quickly as possible in these exceptionally difficult times.
You should ensure that you are aware of, and that you follow, the government’s health advice in relation to the virus, and the associated advice in relation to social distancing and social shielding.
During this period of enforced lockdown activity we will do everything to ensure that your case is progressed as far as possible. We have put in place arrangements to enable staff to work from home as far as we can, however as time goes on, there will be an increasing number of people who are unable to work because they are self- isolating, or because they have the virus. It is also unclear at the point to what extent other organisations – including the courts – will continue to be able to function during the pandemic.
As this is Government enforced, the measures will impact everybody involved in the claims process; Carpenters, your insurer, the other driver’s insurer, their solicitors, the court, barristers, medical agencies and other experts. These factors will inevitably lead to delay in the progression of the claims’ process.
We will do all we can to progress your case despite these difficulties. It would help us enormously if during the period of restriction you would:
- Communicate with us where possible electronically, through email or using our MyClaim
- Avoid calling us unless it is urgent or we have asked you to do so, we will call you if we need to speak to you.
- Be patient with regard to the progression of your claim. We trust you will appreciate that your claim is likely to take longer to resolve for reasons beyond anyone’s control.
The latest advice is that medical appointments should take place by remote examination. This means by video examination; usually Skype, FaceTime or similar. You should contact the medical agency that made the appointment in check what arrangements they have put in place.
If you are receiving physiotherapy treatment, then you should contact either the physiotherapist or the medical agency for advice on attendance at further sessions
Hire and Repair
If your vehicle is being repaired, or you have been given a replacement vehicle, you should contact the repairer or the provider of the replacement vehicle to confirm whether there will be any changes to the arrangements for delivery or collection of the vehicles.
A Message from the CEO
We are all understandably concerned about COVID-19 as it increasingly impacts our lives and those of families and friends, History has taught us that we are all far more resilient than we know, and this period will be no different. Our collective thanks go out to all the NHS and healthcare workers on the front line working round-the-clock to contain this virus and the countless charitable and community groups working hard to protect the most vulnerable.
For over 25 years, Carpenters has been there for our customers through challenging times and we will continue to be. We want to reassure you that we remain fully operational and continue to be focused on delivering the best claims and legal services that we can.
Thanks to our investment in technology, we’re able to maintain the level of services that you would expect from us. We are continuing to operate during our usual hours and our online facilities remain operational 24/7 for those of you who wish to access information or manage your claim.
With the developing situation, there are likely to be some changes to the claims process – for instance, medical assessments may start to be undertaken via video online where possible – but we shall do everything in our power to ensure that the transition is managed as smoothly as possible and will provide you with regular updates on our website and key developments emailed directly to you. Although we are working hard to ensure that there is minimal change to the service we provide, please do bear with us if response times are a little longer than usual.
We are incredibly proud of our amazing staff who have gone above and beyond over the past fortnight during these unprecedented times. As of today, most of our staff are working from home, with others working in alternate office locations. We continue to monitor and adapt to the Government’s advice and protecting the health and well-being of our staff remain our priority.
For all existing Carpenters clients, we are asking them to continue to contact their individual case handler, preferably by email or on their direct dial telephone number. With several of our locations now closed, we are asking all clients, if possible, to use email or the telephone rather than correspond by post.
Alternatively, we have other ways our clients can find out what they need on our website:
• Track and manage your claim using MyClaim online or download the app
• Visiting our Help & Advice section with FAQs
• Downloading our ‘Guide to Your Claim’
We are continuing to monitor the situation and liaise with various industry organisations including FCA, Law Society, MIB and MedCo.
We’re here for you, if you need us, so please get in touch and we’ll be happy to help. In the days and weeks ahead, we wish that you look after yourselves and each other and together we shall get through this.
Donna Richards, CEO