First of all, I want to assure you that our office fully intends to remain open and operational throughout this outbreak. Given the advantages of modern technology, even in the event we are compelled to work remotely, we will remain fully capable of answering and/or returning phone calls, sending and responding to emails, and drafting pleadings, letters, and other documents. In the event your case has a pending deadline or court date, we will work to ensure that your rights and interests continue to be protected now, and into the future.
As you undoubtedly know, this COVID-19 outbreak has impacted every aspect of our society, and our legal system will be no exception. We have received word that many courthouses across the State, including those in the County of Cook, are postponing all non-emergency civil matters for a thirty day period. Today, the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission is expected to follow suit by officially postponing all pending matters for the next two weeks. It is already contemplated by the Commission that this initial two week period will likely be extended to at least thirty days, and perhaps beyond. As this situation progresses, we fully expect other jurisdictions and administrative agencies to follow suit by postponing essentially all civil matters for the next 4-8 weeks.
Throughout this time, we are committed to continuing to operate as normally as possible in order to fight to obtain maximum compensation for our clients. We will do everything within our power to avoid any obstacles and delays caused by this outbreak. However, please note that by its nature, our practice requires us to count on other people outside of our control to also do their jobs. These people include insurance adjusters, claim handlers, doctors, medical billing clerks, record keepers, court reporters, opposing attorneys, judges, jurors, pension board members, and arbitrators. In the event that one ore more of these people cause delays which are outside of our control, we will discuss these issues with you and work to overcome any obstacles.
In these times of uncertainty and panic, please know that you can count on us to continue to advocate for your rights. We remain committed to serving you and achieving the best possible results for your case. Please stay safe, and as always, please never hesitate to contact our office to discuss any questions or concerns.