Are You Taking On New Clients During The COVID-19 Lockdown?
We are remaining open during the COVID-19 lockdown; most staff and lawyers are at the office to take phone calls and hold in-person meetings. We are limiting meetings to one person at a time to prevent people from having to wait around, and we are holding all meetings in one designated room. We are flexible and doing whatever we can to meet people’s needs. For example, just yesterday I met with a couple outside of their car to address a few questions and concerns.
How Is The Court System Dealing With Both New And Ongoing Cases During The COVID-19 Lockdown?
In Frederick County, all cases have been postponed until June 5, 2020. The courts are still hearing emergency matters such as those involving bail reviews and protective orders, but most appearances are by video conference calls.
Should I Hire An Attorney Now Or Wait Until The Courts Resume?
We recommend that clients get attorneys now rather than wait. The state is working remotely in Frederick County, but we are still receiving discovery and maintaining correspondence with prosecutors. In fact, we have a little bit more time than usual right now because we are not having to make as many appearances in court.
Should I Wait To File A Personal Injury Claim If I Have Been Injured In An Accident?
It is common for people to wait to file a personal injury claim after sustaining an injury in an accident. However, this allows the insurance company to claim that the gap in treatment suggests that the party was not actually injured as a result of the accident, and this removes a tremendous amount of value from cases.
Additional Information On The COVID-19 Situation In Maryland
Despite the COVID-19 situation in Maryland, insurance companies are set up pretty well to work remotely, and we are still regularly negotiating and resolving accident cases. Doctor’s offices and physical therapy offices are still open and accepting patients, so there is a lot that can be done for anyone suffering from an accident-related injury.
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