Like all sectors, the legal world has had to adapt in light of the coronavirus crisis.
ut there are mounting concerns among those involved in defending personal injury cases that the pandemic may give rise to exaggerated claims.
From virtual courtrooms to judgments delivered via YouTube, uncharted territory has been entered in a bid to maintain legal activity since the world went into lockdown.
However, some legal experts believe the chaos may provide an unwelcome opportunity for those with a history of bringing spurious injury claims.
New measures have been introduced by the Personal Injuries Assessment Board to help facilitate those who wish to make a claim during the lockdown restrictions.
One big change concerns the provision of a medical report when initiating an injury claim.
During normal times, it is standard procedure for someone making a claim to provide a medical report. However, this requirement has now been temporarily waived.
A spokesperson for the Injuries Board said "it would be inappropriate for medical examinations to take place at this time" as health facilities across the country "rightly prioritise" the response to Covid-19.
Instead, a letter must be given stating that a medical report has been commissioned for a later date. This means that a claimant may not be physically examined by a doctor until weeks or months after submitting their claim.
Louise Smith, a partner with Ronan Daly Jermyn solicitors, is well known for her work in the area of insurance fraud.
She fears that some opportunists who claim they suffered soft tissue injuries may use the coronavirus chaos as the ultimate excuse.
"The nature and severity of the claims being brought will be difficult to determine from a medical assessment which is not undertaken until some time after the alleged incident occurs," she said.
"It could now be up to six months after an Injuries Board claim is lodged before a medical report is provided, and further down the track if we question people who we suspect may be making an exaggerated claim why they didn't seek medical attention for such an extended period following the accident, the coronavirus can be legitimately used as an excuse."
The Injuries Board spokesperson added that even if medicals were possible, "sending in parties to medical facilities at the moment may put them at risk".
Claimants will still have to supply medical reports and attend independent medical examinations after the government restrictions have been lifted.
While it is right for the Injuries Board to prioritise the health and safety of claimants and healthcare professionals, this change may inadvertently cause significant issues down the line.
Ms Smith believes there could also be serious repercussions for those with genuine injuries. "People with genuine injuries may be unable to undergo treatment in light of Covid-19," said Ms Smith.
"This could impede their recovery and extend their symptoms.
"In personal injury claims there is a duty on the claimant to mitigate their loss but, in light of the current lockdown, this may not be possible, which could lead to a longer recovery time, which will ultimately result in greater awards," she added.
While fewer people are driving and the majority of public places are now closed, people have up to two years to bring a personal injury claim.
Therefore, those who suffered injuries before the pandemic unfolded may only decide now to take legal action for accidents which happened months ago.
Ms Smith believes that the statute of limitations for bringing a claim may end up being extended as a result of Covid-19.
"From an insurer's point of view, this could be quite a tough pill to swallow as two years is already a significant time period within which one can take a claim, especially if you believe the claim to be exaggerated or fraudulent," she said.
"You often see cases where people are involved in a minor collision, as a result of which there is little or no damage done to either vehicle.
"The parties exchange their details, but in light of the minimal nature of the impact think nothing more of it and don't bother notifying insurers.
"Months later they get a solicitor's letter in the post at which stage the defendant can be at a significant disadvantage, as a result of the delay in reporting, to properly investigate and defend the claim.
"If they extend the statute of limitations, the prospect of robustly defending the claim will become even more difficult."
Dublin GP Maitiú Ó Tuathail said it would be very difficult for doctors to assess patients weeks or months after they suffered an injury.
"It will be hard to provide a medical report based on what patients are telling you alone when you haven't assessed them straight away. It will definitely provide for an interesting few months," he said.