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How the Coronavirus Pandemic Impacts Personal Injury Lawsuits

The coronavirus pandemic has taken a heavy toll on Portland. Schools and businesses remain closed while residents continue practicing social distancing to prevent further spread. In the midst of massive changes and disruptions in daily activities, accidents resulting in serious personal injuries can still occur.  The pandemic has impacted how these cases are currently being handled. The following details what you need to know about the situation. 

Pandemic Impacts on Portland Courts: How This Affects Your Personal Injury Lawsuit

When accidental injuries occur as a result of the negligent actions of others, you have the right to hold them accountable through a personal injury lawsuit. These types of cases are handled through the Multnomah County Circuit Court. As a result of emergency orders pertaining to the coronavirus pandemic, courts have cut back to only essential services. This means that hearings pertaining to certain types of legal matters have been postponed. 

These disruptions in service have the potential to impact personal injury claims. However, while we may be unable to present evidence in court or attend hearings before a judge, there are other actions we can take in your case. These include: 

  • Filing the legal documents required to initiate your personal injury lawsuit;
  • Investigating your case and gathering evidence to eventually submit at a trial;
  • Aggressively negotiating with attorneys for the at-fault party and others involved in your case;
  • Carefully calculating the damages you suffer to ensure you get the maximum amount in any settlements or final orders issued.

Actions You Can Take in Support of Your Personal Injury Claim

While nationwide efforts may be underway to begin opening businesses and government facilities closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, the City of Portland remains on lockdown. During this time, there are actions you can take to help your case in the event you suffer personal injuries or have a lawsuit pending. These include: 

  • Maintaining frequent contact with our Portland personal injury attorneys so that we can keep you updated on the situation surrounding your case;
  • Avoiding making any statements or responding to any correspondence from insurers, attorneys for the at-fault party, or anyone else involved prior to discussing it with us first;
  • Reporting any legal filings, hearing notices, or other correspondence you may receive from the court to us immediately;
  • Continuing to follow all of your doctor’s instructions regarding follow-up care and activity restrictions;
  • Keeping a journal that contains detailed information regarding the symptoms associated with your injuries, the impact they may be having on your life, and any missed treatments or medical visits that may have resulted due to pandemic-related closures. 

Remember, if a personal injury does occur during this time, report it to the authorities at once and consult with your doctor regarding how best to obtain medical care. 

Let Us Help You Today

The Johnston Law Firm P.C. provides the trusted guidance and professional legal representation you need when personal injuries occur. Call (503) 546-3167 or contact our Portland personal injury attorneys online to discuss your case today.  


Marc Johnston

Lead Attorney at Johnston Law Firm, P.C.

Based in downtown Portland, Marc A. Johnston is the owner and managing attorney of the award-winning, internationally-known personal injury law firm, Johnston Law Firm, P.C. Marc's career has been dedicated to representing the injured and individuals who have been treated unfairly by an insurance company. His focus on trial law creates the backbone of the Johnston Law Firm — a firm that is ready to go the distance in seeking justice for its clients.