The courts in Michigan are currently only dealing with emergency cases. The Supreme Court of Michigan, issued an order suspending all jury and non-jury trials until further notice. Further, all civil pre-trial conferences, case management conferences, and other pre-trial meetings between attorneys and the court have been postponed.
None of that means you can't talk to a personal injury lawyer, however. Just as technology has revolutionized peoples' personal lives – the smartphone in your pocket is a vastly more powerful computer than any desktop computer you owned ten years ago, for instance – it has also revolutionized personal service industries, including the practice of law.
It is now possible to talk face-to-face to a personal injury attorney with no more equipment than the phone in your pocket. That attorney can gather information and make court filings over the internet without either of you ever leaving home. At times like this, when your ability to leave home – and your attorney's ability to see you in person – is limited, technology can remove most of the barriers that in times not that long ago would have halted your case in its tracks.
And while court trials and many other activities are on hold, your attorney still can file complaints, motions, and other court documents remotely. Your attorney also can conduct negotiations on your behalf without meeting face-to-face with the defendant or insurance company. Video teleconferences area as commonplace as phone calls and can make it possible for your attorney to share documents with the opposing attorney without ever being in the same room.
The Governors restriction on non-essential business does not prohibit attorneys from practicing law, engaging in permitted court activities, or engage in limited access to their offices so long as social distancing and other mitigations are taken to inhibit the spread of the coronavirus. Whether your injury arises from a car accident, a slip and fall, dog bite, bus accident, truck accident, or any accident of any kind, your personal injury attorney is still there to help, even in times like these. Call TheLaw Offices of Joumana Kayrouz today for your free consultation!