Glynn, Mercep & Purcell, PLLC are excited to announce that the restrictions which were in affect since March 2020 due to the Covid-19 Pandemic were largely lifted as of May 24, 2021. This means that the litigating attorneys in the firm will start participating in “in court” proceedings such as conferences, hearings and trials of personal injury cases.
We at Glynn, Mercep & Purcell, PLLC used this 14 month period, during which most court appearances were conducted remotely using Microsoft Teams, or by telephone, to move our personal injury cases toward trial or settlement. It is ironic that the time our attorneys have saved because they did not have to spend countless hours driving to and from court, and sitting around the courthouse waiting for our cases to be called, was used working on the many personal injury cases we have. We continued to accept new cases, sometimes interviewing prospective clients by Zoom and obtaining the necessary signatures electronically. We also conducted as many depositions by Zoom, where our clients and the defendants in their cases testified, just as they would have before the pandemic.
These steps have enabled us to continue to handle our clients’ accident cases expeditiously and obtain favourable settlements, or put their cases on the trial calendars in the Supreme Courts of Suffolk and Nassau Counties.
If you have been in a serious accident in which you have an injury of any kind that was not your fault, please call Glynn, Mercep & Purcell, PLLC and our talented professionals will evaluate your situation to determine if you have a case to obtain compensation for your personal injuries.
Accident Cases In Court Post-Covid 19 Closures
Now that the officials who run our Courts in New York have lifted many of the restrictions on actually appearing in person in Court, many of Glynn, Mercep & Purcell’s clients and prospective clients have inquired about whether the Court system will return to its pre-Covid-19 level of activity.
While the restrictions on Court proceedings and appearances have been lifted, there will be several important limitations and changes with respect to the operation of the courts in New York. All court personnel have initially been required to continue to wear masks. This requirement will be constantly reviewed by the officials who are in charge of the courts both around the state and locally. As of the writing of this article, litigants and attorneys are encouraged to wear masks, even if they have been vaccinated. Again, these restrictions or recommendations will be constantly reviewed in light of the status of the Covid-19 virus and guidelines issued by the Center for Disease Control.
While there have been some trials conducted in person or virtually during the last six months, there have been relatively few jury trials. It is expected that going forward, jury trials will once again be conducted on a regular basis, again with minor restrictions. If you have a personal injury case pending, whether it is due to an automobile accident, slip and fall or medical malpractice, you can anticipate that your case will now be tried expeditiously. While there may be rules requiring greater social distancing of jurors and visitors in the courtrooms, the court officials in charge of these issues have been anticipating a full return to in person court appearances and trials, and are prepared to make sure safety is the foremost concern.
If you were injured in an accident while Covid-19 was changing our lives, you may still bring a claim or lawsuit seeking to recover monetary damages for your injuries. Your time to bring such a claim has not passed, so you should call Glynn, Mercep & Purcell, PLLC to find out if we can obtain compensation for you as a result of your accident and resultant injuries.
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