The global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is impacting almost every aspect of daily life. Businesses must now use alternative methods for day-to-day operations. Closures and changes in the way that companies are being run has many injured victims concerned. Victims are questioning whether they should pursue a personal injury claim at this time. Those who have already begun the process are concerned about what will happen to their claim.
Should I Delay Filing a Personal Injury Claim?
Even though many businesses have closed their offices, that does not mean that they are not conducting business as usual. The mode of conducting business may be different from face-to-face office interactions, but the legal industry is still very much active. Despite closures and other interruptions, your personal injury claim can still proceed.
At Sahar Malek Law, we are still operating and helping our clients move through the legal process. Even if you cannot come to our office, you can count on our team to be available to you via telephone, text messaging, video conferencing and/or email. You can count on us to continue investigating your claim, reviewing information and evidence, and helping you build a strong case. A lot of the paperwork involved in a personal injury claim can be requested or communicated online or by fax. There are no reasons for delays.
What about Court Closures?
Some courts in California are closed to the public, including in-person filings. However, most courts are allowing lawyers to file claims and documents online through Dropbox or e-Filing. As for hearings and other court dates, some courts have delayed all in-person appearances, and others are hearing only essential matters. You will need to check with the court in your jurisdiction to find out how they are operating during this time.
You may find that the applicable court is accepting cases, but that the process is delayed. It would be best if you did not let that deter you. Personal injury claims must be filed within a specific time frame – generally within two years from the date of the injury. After that, you may be unable to file a claim. That’s why it is so important to file your claim as soon as possible.
At Sahar Malek Law, we are checking in with the California Courts daily for any new updates and ensuring that our client’s rights are not affected during this time. In the meantime, give us a call for any questions you may have. Our team may be working remotely, but we have the tools and communication that are needed to help our clients seek justice.