How is COVID-19 Affecting Personal Injury Cases in Ohio?
Court Shut Downs in Ohio
The most immediate impact of COVID-19 on your potential personal injury case in Ohio is that most courts are shut down except for criminal and emergency hearings until June 1, 2020. So that means if you had a hearing or trial scheduled anytime from mid-March to July, 2020, then your case has likely experienced delays. However, if you had a hearing or trial for your personal injury case already scheduled, then that means you most likely already have a personal injury attorney that should be keeping you up to date on the details. If you don't have a personal injury attorney then you can call one at Harris & Engler at (614) 610-9988.
The Court Shut Downs Wont Be That Big of a Deal Unless You Had a Trial
Personal injury cases in Ohio take a long time. Once a lawsuit is filed for your personal injury case the case will be in the court system for 1 - 2 years before a trial. The vast majority of the time your case will be settled or resolved before a trial. Most of your case is done trhough court filings or between the attorneys. With that said, the Court shut down will likely not have any affect on your case unless you happened to have something scheduled during a period of time in which the Court was closed - in which case your hearing will simply get continued a few months.
Other Ways COVID-19 Might Affect Your Personal Injury Case
After you are hurt in an accident, then you should be seeing a doctor to be treated for your injuries. COVID-19 may affect how you see your doctor (tele-appointment), or how frequently you are able to see your doctor. The COVID-19 pandemic has also put a halt to elective surgeries. All in all, COVID-19 may disrupt or delay what would be your normal course of treatment.
Don't Let COVID-19 Keep You From Getting a Good Personal Injury Attorney
The personal injury attorneys at Harris & Engler help clients all across Ohio. The law firm of Harris & Engler takes extraordinary safety precautions when it comes to COVID-19. The personal injury lawyers at Harris & Enlger can consult with you over the phone and can conduct business electronically in order to best serve you. If you want to discuss your personal injury case then please feel free to give us a call at (614) 610-9988.