Federal, state, and local responses to coronavirus are rapidly evolving. Social distancing and shelter-in-place orders have affected everything from schooling to employment to running errands. Another less obvious impact coronavirus has had is on the legal system. Although Florida courts have not fully shut down, they are keeping a close eye on the situation. Many trials and major hearings have been cancelled and even hearings that are able to occur are done telephonically or through Zoom. This severely impedes an attorney’s ability to prosecute and resolve cases.
The issue becomes complicated even further for personal injury clients who are trying to receive medical treatment for their injuries. Governor DeSantis has already ordered that elective surgeries be postponed. Additionally, social distancing guidelines may limit the number of patients are allowed at a doctor’s office or some offices might close down altogether. The first thing you should do is contact your medical provider to discuss their office procedures. If they are temporarily closing and you wish to continue treatment, call other providers around the area. Your attorney should also be able to assist in finding a doctor who is remaining open. If you do continue treatment, make sure to take necessary precautions such as keeping a distance between you and other patients in the waiting room as well as washing your hands. It’s important that you continue to seek treatment if you are able.
However, the most important thing to remember is not to delay your personal injury case. At Pilka & Associates we are able to work remotely to answer your questions and push your case. Our attorneys are equipped with the necessary software for virtual or telephonic hearings. Additionally, we are still able to file necessary pleadings and motions to keep your case moving forward. If you’ve been involved in a motor vehicle accident or been injured through no fault of your own, do not delay in calling Pilka & Associates right away for a free consultation. We will get started on your case immediately.