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Ask An Attorney: How Will Coronavirus Affect My Legal Matter?

Riddle Brantley LLP   |  March 16, 2020   |  

In the midst of the coronavirus outbreak in North Carolina, many North Carolinians have urgent questions concerning ongoing legal matters or potential cases.

Riddle & Brantley is here to help. We have implemented policies and procedures to protect our clients. Your safety is our #1 priority and we are striving to maintain excellent client service during this difficult time.

For more information on how the coronavirus is affecting the North Carolina courts system as well as ongoing and potential cases, please check out our FAQs:

“I have a court date. Now what?”

The coronavirus outbreak has disrupted the North Carolina legal system and effectively shut down the courts. The Chief Justice of the NC Supreme Court has ordered that “all civil and criminal district and superior court matters must be postponed unless they are absolutely essential for constitutional or public safety reasons.”

If you have a fast-approaching court date, it is likely that your hearing or trial has been or will be postponed. For more information on the NC court system during the coronavirus outbreak, please visit the North Carolina Judicial Branch online.

If you have questions specific to your case, we encourage you to contact your attorney directly. We recommend that you call, text or email your attorney and avoid personal contact as much as possible.  Please remain patient as we are all under stressful times for the foreseeable future.

“Are North Carolina courts open during the coronavirus outbreak?”

While the NC court system is technically open, more than all superior and district court hearings and trials have been postponed for at least 30 days.

While the courthouses remain open, North Carolinians are encouraged to exercise caution and practice “social distancing.” If you can avoid a visit to the courthouse, the NC Judicial Branch encourages you to please do so.

Remember that online court services are available for North Carolinians seeking to pay traffic tickets, make court payments, file court documents (in certain cases) and more. Please take advantage of these online services if you can in order to protect yourself and fellow North Carolinians. However, before you pay for tickets or admit guilt we strongly recommend that you talk to an attorney. 

“I have a legal issue that requires attention. What should I do?”

If you have a legal issue during the coronavirus outbreak in North Carolina, you still have legal rights — and you still have options for pursuing a claim or lawsuit. Most North Carolina attorneys continue to work, and many — like those at Riddle & Brantley — have implemented procedures to help protect clients and themselves from the spread of the coronavirus.

At Riddle & Brantley, we have technology that aids us in communicating with our clients and insurance companies. We can execute documents — including contracts to represent you and settlement documents — from your mobile phone.

Our attorneys are available for free phone or email consultations during the coronavirus outbreak and would love to help you however we can.

For a FREE consultation, please call 1-800-525-7111 or complete the short form below. There is no obligation and as always there are no attorney fees unless we win your case and you receive financial compensation.

If for any reason we are not able to help with your legal matter, we will do our absolute best to connect you with someone who can or offer a resource for help.

Your safety is our #1 priority. Please call 1-800-525-7111 for a free consultation today.

“I’ve been injured in an accident. What can I do?”

If you’ve been injured in an accident in North Carolina, seek medical attention immediately. While local hospitals may be under extreme stress due to the influx of coronavirus patients, they are still able to treat you for other injuries.

Your health and safety are most important.

North Carolina Injury Lawyers and Coronavirus - Riddle & BrantleySecond, remember that just because there is a public health emergency, you still have legal rights and you deserve justice.

We would love to help you however we can in this difficult time.

If you’ve been injured in a North Carolina accident, we encourage you to call 1-800-525-7111 for a FREE, no-obligation consultation with an NC personal injury lawyer.

We have updated our procedures to protect our clients, so we can easily review your case by phone or email — there is no in-person visit required.

If you decide to hire us to represent you, you can sign all case documents electronically, and we will stay in touch with you by phone and email.

Please call 1-800-525-7111 or complete the short form below to speak with a North Carolina injury attorney about your case.

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“I have to take time off from work due to the coronavirus but don’t have paid sick leave. Do I have any options?”

We understand what you’re going through. The coronavirus outbreak may cause severe financial stress on families in North Carolina and across the country.

The good news is that the government may provide some relief.

Last week the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that would provide Americans with employer-provided paid sick leave. As of today, however, the future of that legislation is uncertain as it moves to the Senate for consideration. We will keep you posted as we learn more.

Riddle & Brantley is committed to helping our fellow North Carolinians however we can, and we urge the federal and state governments to do all they can to support those under financial pressure due to the coronavirus outbreak.