As the coronavirus pandemic continues to affect people in Washington state and throughout the country, we have seen all aspects of people’s lives altered. At Russell & Hill, PLLC, we also understand that many people have ongoing personal injury lawsuits. Without a doubt, these cases have been or will be affected by measures to stop the spread of COVID-19. Here, our personal injury attorneys in Everett want to discuss how these cases are affected and what will happen to new personal injury claims.
COVID-19 could affect your Everett personal injury case
In March of 2020, Washington Chief Justice Deborah L. Stephens signed emergency rules that delayed all civil and criminal hearings until late April, with the exception of emergency cases and hearings that could lead to a defendant’s release within 30 days. This is a continuously changing situation, and these delays could be extended.
For ongoing personal injury cases, the coronavirus pandemic will undoubtedly cause delays for any trials scheduled for this time period and possibly those scheduled in the near future. The truth is that we will have to remain flexible, and our team will continue to monitor new court dates and court reopening.
The vast majority of personal injury cases are settled before they go to trial. However, the COVID-19 pandemic will also affect the negotiation and settlement process. The work that goes into obtaining a fair settlement (investigation, damage calculation, and negotiation) will continue, but likely at a slower pace. Due to staying at home orders and social distancing efforts, most aspects of case preparation will be altered or delayed. This includes investigation, seeking witnesses, and taking depositions, and more.
Will COVID-19 affect new personal injury cases in Everett?
Even during a national health crisis, the team at Russell & Hill, PLLC understands that injuries caused by negligence will continue to occur. We are still taking new cases for clients in Everett in the surrounding areas. Our top priority is to ensure the health and well-being of everybody involved in this process. To that end, we will be offering free consultations to prospective clients through various methods, including Zoom, Skype, FaceTime, and more.
This is an unprecedented time for Washington and the rest of the United States, but that will not stop our dedicated team of attorneys from working to obtain compensation for personal injury victims.
We are here to help during this difficult time
The COVID-19 pandemic has completely changed the way of life for people all over this country. The court system has been dramatically affected, and those with ongoing personal injury lawsuits are having to make adjustments. At Russell & Hill, PLLC, we understand that this is a difficult time for you and your family. Rest assured that we will continue to monitor every case we take. This includes keeping track of court deadlines and court closures. When you need a personal injury attorney in Everett, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 800-529-0842.