May 7

Courts May Be Closed, But We Are Pushing Cases Forward

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See You In Court! Words some lawyers and insurance companies say when they cannot reach an agreement. Well, that won’t happen in Florida until July. However, that won’t stop us from fighting for our clients and moving their cases forward!

court roomEarlier this week, Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Canady extended the suspension of trials to at least July 2 as part of continuing efforts to stem the spread of COVID-19. The Tampa Bay Times reports that Chief Justice Canady’s order further encouraged the use of remote technology to conduct non-essential court hearings throughout the state.

That’s exactly what my law office has been doing. In order to keep our clients’ cases moving, we have attended mediations by Zoom are attending court hearings either through video conferencing or by telephone. We also maintain close client contact through telephone conferences, Facebook video, Facetime, and Zoom.

Unfortunately, in an effort to stem the spread of coronavirus, Social Security has closed all field offices, hearing offices, and remote hearing sites to the public. This has resulted in many of our clients’ hearings being postponed for months. This can be very frustrating for those who have been waiting over a year to get their hearing. It is important that although the hearing is postponed, you should continue to treat with your doctors and gather more medical evidence of your disability.

Court postponements will certainly create a backlog of cases, but it is important to keep moving the court cases forward towards resolution or trial if necessary. By working now, you will be in better shape to take your case to a jury if a trial is needed once the courts open.

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Car Accident Attorney Matthew NoyesAttorneys Matthew Noyes and Lorrie Robinson help families who are impacted by a Tampa Bay car accident, work injury or fighting for social security disability. Attorney Matthew Noyes has written a book on each of his practice areas. If you have legal questions regarding these areas of law, call Attorney Matthew Noyes at 727-796-8282 or simply click here to schedule a free case consultation.

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