Understanding when you can file a personal injury claim or lawsuit in normal circumstances can be tricky and it is always helpful to have a Texas personal injury attorney on your side, but the recent COVID-19 pandemic has made it even more difficult to know if you qualify for compensation from a personal injury claim.
Texas Court System
The COVID-19 pandemic has made many industries rework how they operate. This includes the court systems in the state of Texas. There is still a mandate in place that prohibits Justice and Municipal courts from holding in-person jury proceedings until December 1. District, county, and probate courts can only hold jury proceedings for special cases. They are trying to make court proceedings more accessible to online platforms, as well.
Your Texas personal injury attorney will be able to find out how the judge responsible for your case is currently operating and the best way to proceed. They may also advise you on whether or not it is beneficial to you to pursue a personal injury lawsuit if you have not already, as well as the best way to start your case if you decide to proceed.
Deadlines for Personal Injury Cases
All of these factors can affect your personal injury lawsuit as well if it has already been filed. Deadlines for paperwork have been extended to December 1 per the latest emergency order, which means that if you have found it difficult to gather the correct paperwork or fill out forms with your attorney you have more time to get everything together and meet with your Texas personal injury attorney either in person or remotely. However, that does not mean you should wait. Meet with your attorney and figure out the paperwork as soon as you can so that your case is the strongest it can be.
Medical documentation can be an important factor in personal injury cases, and if you are unable to see a doctor either because of closings, lack of healthcare options or quarantine, documenting your injuries yourself can be crucial. You may want to take pictures of your injuries if you are comfortable with that or keep a log of how you are faring. If you are able to visit a doctor, getting their opinion can also help your case. Should you have to go to trial, a doctor would be able to testify on your behalf. Establishing that relationship during these times is imperative so when jury proceedings re-start, you are prepared.
The Thomas J. Henry Law Firm is fully equipped to help you navigate your personal injury lawsuit even in these unprecedented times. We have established video conferencing and telecommunications that allow our Texas personal injury attorneys to meet with you while you remain in the comfort of your own home.
Call a Texas Personal Injury Attorney
If you think that you are eligible to file a personal injury lawsuit as a result of a COVID-related incident, or want to inquire about the status of your case, contact a Texas personal injury attorney to speak about your options. You can reach us at 866-517-5659 or contact one of our locations in San Antonio, Austin, and Corpus Christi to talk to one of our professionals. We are here to help you make the most out of your situation.