We’ve been living in scary times these past few months thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. People are working from home, or, not working at all. Most of us will have a family member or friend affected by the virus. And, even though the world has been forced to slow down, that doesn’t mean people aren’t still suffering personal injuries. The injury attorneys in Houston are well aware of this.
While there are certainly fewer car accidents and work-related injuries, hundreds of people are still getting hurt every day in Texas. We still have to drive to get back and forth to the store. Thousands of essential workers are forced to go to work every day, despite the virus. And these workers are at a huge risk of becoming infected, especially if they work in the healthcare industry.
If you’re worried that you won’t be able to seek legal help due to the pandemic, we hope to offer some relief. Yes, things have changed. Our Houston accident attorneys aren’t really able to meet with their clients in person. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t willing and able to help their clients. Here, we’ll discuss a few of the changes that have taken place due to the COVID-19 virus. We’ll also provide some insight into how things will eventually return to normal. Of course, our new normal will be quite different from the normal we knew before the pandemic hit our country. But things will get better.
What are the Courts in Texas Doing to Resume Operations?
When the Coronavirus first started to hit the Lone Star state hard, most court operations were delayed or postponed. The courts owe it to their staff and the people of Houston to protect them from infection. At the same time, the Texas Supreme Court also understands that they need to change some of the court rules to accommodate the virus. For example, the Court has started to use Zoom and YouTube to conduct certain types of hearings. The Texas Supreme Court also issued an order on April 27, 2020 extending filing deadlines.
This order states that any cases that had deadlines set for between March 13, 2020 and June 1, 2020 have been extended until July 15, 2020. This means that, if you were up against a statutes of limitations deadline, you have a brief reprieve. Your Houston personal injury lawyer will be able to follow-up on your case and make sure they meet these new deadlines.
While these deadlines have been extended, that doesn’t mean your Houston personal injury lawyer can’t file your new case. The courts are accepting new civil cases, despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
What if You’re Afraid to Meet with Your Houston Lawyer in Person?
It’s important to remember that Houston injury lawyers are people, just like you. They have families and loved ones. They want to make sure they don’t become infected with the virus or infect the people closest to them. It’s in everyone’s best interest to make certain accommodations, especially when it comes to face to face meetings. Our firm has worked hard to use alternate ways of meeting with our clients to reduce the risk of infection. Social distancing is taking inside our offices. We are also meeting with clients remotely, by using apps such as Zoom or Skype. If you need the help of an experienced personal injury lawyer in Houston, Texas, call us right away. We’ll make sure to find a way to meet with you that protects both your family and ours.
Contact a Skilled Houston Injury Lawyer to Set Up Your Free Initial Consultation
The courts have slowly started to open back up. Cases that had been filed prior to the Coronavirus are starting to come back to life. New cases are being filed every day. And, while the way we do things are certainly changing, you can still get the legal help you need. If you or your loved one have suffered any sort of personal injury, call our office right away. You can still enjoy a free consultation with any of our expert staff. We can schedule your consultation today. We’ll even be able to conduct the consultation by phone or online. We will do what it takes to make sure our clients – and prospective clients – can access our services during these tough times.
The good news is that, no matter what sort of injury you’ve suffered, your consultation is free. And, you don’t pay our firm until your case has been settled or resolved.