As of this writing, the Centers for Disease Control reports over 10,000 cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the U.S., with approximately 150 deaths reported. The U.S. has had to take an unprecedented response to the virus, with many parts of the country canceling large gatherings, closing schools, and with public officials asking many non-essential workers to stay home to stop the spread of the virus. In Minnesota, the Star Tribune reports that schools have been closed, and that restaurants, theatres, and other non-essential businesses have been asked to close. The state is considering a “shelter in place” order that would ask that residents stay home unless they are performing essential tasks like buying groceries, caring for a loved one, seeking medical care, or performing a necessary work function. The goal of these efforts is to prevent the local health system from getting overwhelmed with serious cases.
According to the Pioneer Press, Minnesota courts have suspended all proceedings scheduled in the courts until March 30, with the exception of trials and cases deemed a high priority. If you had a civil case or personal injury claim scheduled in Minneapolis, Minnesota, it is likely that your case has been cancelled or postponed. The Law Office of Martin T. Montilino is a car accident law firm in Minneapolis, Minnesota that will remain in touch with clients as this story evolves.
The good news is that many aspects of your car accident claim may be able to continue as usual. Many car accident claims can be negotiated or settled outside of court. The Law Office of Martin T. Montilino can continue to do this and meetings can be rescheduled to phone conference or video conferencing if a shelter in place order is made. If you are not feeling well, do not hesitate to contact our office to let us know so that accommodations can be made.
If you’ve been in a car accident in Minneapolis, Minnesota, don’t hesitate to call 911, seek medical attention for your injuries, and report the accident to your insurance company. If you have questions about your claim, please also reach out to a car accident lawyer. The Law Office of Martin T. Montilino is here to help.
So, here are the key things to keep in mind regarding your car accident personal injury claim during the coronavirus pandemic:
- Reach out to your car accident lawyer if you had a pending court case. Your case may have been rescheduled.
- If you’ve been hurt in a car accident, take steps to protect your rights (make a police report, seek medical care, report the crash to insurance, and contact a car accident lawyer today).
- Reach out to the Minneapolis, Minnesota car accident lawyers at the Law Office of Martin T. Montilino if you have any questions about your case.
These are challenging times, but we are all in this together. Contact the Law Office of Martin T. Montilino today or connect with USAttorneys.com to get matched with our car accident lawyer if you have questions about your personal injury claim.