Can I proceed with a personal injury claim during the pandemic? Should I? How does it work?
May 26, 2020 By: Tracy Lyle Read Time: 2 minutes
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Yes, absolutely. You can and you should.

Like many industries, the Court system has adapted quickly to accommodate public health guidelines and ensure cases are moved forward safely and efficiently.

If you currently have a legal matter for which you are seeking advice, contact our team now. All of our lawyers are working remotely so that you can move forward with a claim safety of your own home. Our team is fully operational and has the tools to connect with you, provide advice, and commence legal proceedings in appropriate cases.

In Ontario under the Limitations Act, you have two years from the date of  your accident to initiate a personal injury claim. On Friday, March 20, 2020, the Ontario government suspended all limitation periods for at least 90 days. While the Court has implemented this suspension, it does not affect our ability to start working on your file.  Many personal injury cases require a significant investigation before a claim can be started. So not only is it possible to get started on your case,  it is actually  best to meet with a lawyer as soon as possible to ensure your interests are fully protected.

Like many industries, the Court system has adapted quickly to accommodate public health guidelines and ensure sure cases are moved forward safely and efficiently. Since the onset of COVID-19, the Courts have increased the number of documents that can be filed electronically. If your personal injury case is ready for filing, we can file it now and begin to move it forward. Our lawyers can meet with you safely and confidentially via telephone and  video conference.  It is expected that many parties are waiting for COVID-19  to pass before proceeding with their claims which could result in a significant court backlog. It is best to act now. Our team can help you understand your options and find a solution that is best for your situation.

This content is not intended to provide legal advice or opinion as neither can be given without reference to specific events and situations. © 2020 Nelligan O’Brien Payne LLP.

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