Personal Injury Blog

What Will Happen to My Personal Injury Claim During the COVID-19 Lockdown?

If you’ve been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, you have the right to seek compensation. The fact is, however, that the lockdown associated with the COVID-19 pandemic has left normal activities of everyday life in a holding pattern, and this includes legal claims. This does not mean, however, that you should put your claim on hold or should ignore it completely. Working closely with an experienced New Jersey personal injury attorney now will help ensure that your personal injury claim continues to move forward in a timely manner and that it is ultimately resolved favorably.

Filing Your Personal Injury Claim

If you’ve already filed your personal injury claim – and you did so before its two-year statute of limitations ran out – the court closings we are experiencing should not affect your case in any way other than slowing down the process. If, on the other hand, you were holding off on making a personal injury claim while you waited to see how well you would recover – or for any other reason – it may affect your ability to file a claim.

If you move past the date that concludes your two-year window of opportunity, there is a chance that New Jersey courts will extend the deadlines post-closedown due to their unprecedented nature. This should allow you to file your claim in a timely manner. There is obviously, however, an element of uncertainty in this plan. Contacting a knowledgeable personal injury attorney now will help ensure that you have the best chance of recovering your damages later. We recommend that you not wait and take a chance and contact our office today for a free confidential consultation.

New Jersey Courts

All New Jersey civil and criminal courts are facing the following restrictions:

  • All civil jury trials that are scheduled to commence before May 31 are postponed until further notice.
  • Judges can continue holding proceedings according to their own discretion, but they are encouraged to do so remotely.
  • Until May 31, no new grand juries will be empaneled, but sitting grand juries may continue meeting.
  • Anyone who has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, has symptoms of the disease, or has been exposed to the illness may not enter any district courthouse.

In other words, your personal injury case will likely be delayed, but you and your dedicated personal injury attorney can continue to build your case via telephone calls and video chats – while making any necessary filings electronically.

Contact an Experienced New Jersey Personal Injury Attorney Today

If you have been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, you’re going through a very stressful experience, and the COVID-19-related shutdown only makes matters that much more stressful.  Our New Jersey, personal injury lawyers at Leonard Legal Group understands your dilemma and are committed to helping you effectively and efficiently moving your case forward. Mr. Leonard is a skilled attorney who is on your side, so please don’t hesitate to contact us online or call us at 973-984-1414 for more information today.