Times are difficult and confusing right now due to COVID-19, but your life could become even more difficult and confusing if you need legal help right now and don’t know where to find it. Let’s look at some important information regarding court cases and other legal happenings in Illinois during the coronavirus pandemic:
How Have Court Cases Been Affected?
Many court cases in Cook County are pushed back 30 days because of the virus. If you look here on the Illinois Supreme Court’s list of closings, you can find where your court case is supposed to take place and if it will still be held at its regularly scheduled date and time. If you need more information, you can contact your local circuit clerk to further validate any closings or postponements that are listed.
For example, if you are supposed to go to court for an eviction, which is a civil case, Cook County Court is not ordering evictions between March 15 and April 15, so you cannot be legally evicted during that time. Also, if you any owed traffic tickets, utility bills, or towing fees, the City of Chicago has suspended the debt collection for city services through April 30, and utility companies have been asked to halt shut-offs through May 1.
If you are currently in the process of filing a lawsuit, it’s important to stay in touch with your personal injury lawyer through these times so that you are in the loop of information that they have about closures and postponements.
Where to Get Legal Help in Illinois
Injuries can happen at any time, especially when it’s the least convenient time for you to get hurt and need to get medical care and legal help, like during a pandemic. Even though the world has seemed to shut down, you still might get injured during this time at the fault of someone else, and you still might want to file a personal injury claim against them to hold them responsible.
In these uncertain times, you might be temporarily out of work, so paying for medical bills and other costs that pile up after a preventable injury can be even more of a burden. Even though court will not proceed until after the virus is under control, you can still take steps toward recovering financial compensation for your injury.
At Thomas Law Offices in Chicago, we are willing to help you remotely through a phone call or by email so that you can handle your affairs even in this hard time. Reach out to our office today so that we can discuss your potential case and your options moving forward.
We hope that you and your loved ones stay safe and healthy during the coronavirus pandemic. We’re in this together.