How COVID-19 is Affecting My Personal Injury Case
These are uncertain times but one fact is certain, we will be here to make sure you get through the uncertainty of COVID-19 and win your personal injury case. Injuries haven’t stopped occurring due to the coronavirus, so we want to make sure you are prepared and know what to expect if you are injured or have been injured recently.
If you are injured in an accident and need medical care, you will either be referred to a doctor and meet over video call or meet in person with safety procedures in place. If you decide to get treatment for your personal injury, remember that every single kind of therapy can be further discussed with your doctor. Once you get the medical treatment you need, what happens to your case? Courtroom procedures can require more planning and preparation.
New Courtroom Procedures:
Generally, the majority of cases are settled before moving to the courtroom. But if your case is moved to the courtroom, keep in mind new procedures during the coronavirus pandemic.
Due to COVID-19, courts in Maryland, Virginia and DC have been closed to the public. Most courtroom meetings about your case are held over video call or telephone but vary by location. Please see below for more information about your cases’s designated location.
Washington DC: https://www.dccourts.gov/coronavirus
On the other hand, if you are requested to show up in person, there are general safety procedures to follow. Those steps are:
- Answer COVID-19 screening questions.
- Permit staff to check your temperature (non-contact) if asked.
- Wear a face mask or covering.
- Maintain social distancing.
- If after screening you cannot enter the building, the courtroom staff will give you information on other ways you can accomplish what you need to do.
Expect these safety procedures to be in place at least for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic. So, when will courts open back up and reach “the new normal”? There are several phases that courts have put in place to give a general timeline.
Phases of Reopening Courtrooms
Every state and county has their own timeline on when to reopen businesses based on the area’s virus exposure and people’s safety. The same goes for courts in Maryland, Virginia and DC, where they have their own pace to reopening. Although safely reopening is the hope, there’s always a chance that they might close or go back to previous stages. If you’d like to find out about a more updated timeline on reopening for courtrooms in each area, the links are attached below:
Washington DC: https://coronavirus.dc.gov/
Your case is important, so we are working diligently to get the compensation you are entitled to. Our offices are closed to the public during most of the COVID-19 pandemic but our updated office information will be posted on all our social media.
Our team is answering phone calls along with video conferencing through Zoom and Google Meet. We are also working to make sure you are the most up to date on information for your personal injury case. Please let us know if you have any more questions. As mentioned earlier, we will be here to make sure you get through the uncertainty of COVID-19 and your personal injury case.