Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Our thoughts are with you and everyone affected by COVID-19 and these challenging times. The health and well-being of our staff, clients, and the community is a priority at Grimes Teich Anderson, and we are taking extra precautions to try and keep everyone safe and help prevent the spread of Coronavirus.
Here are some answers to questions you may have:
- Is Your Office Open During Normal Business Hours, and are You Accepting new Cases?
- Do I Have to Come to Your Office for a Consultation or to Hire You as my Attorneys?
- How can I get Updates on the Status of my Case?
- Are Courts Still Open in my Area? Will my Court Date be Rescheduled?
- What if i Can't Come to Court Because I am Sick or Quarantined?
- What About Workers' Compensation Hearings?
- Will Scheduled Depositions, Mediation, Arbitration, or Settlement Negotiations Occur as Planned?
Yes, we are open and accepting new cases. Please call us anytime Monday - Friday from 9 to 5. You may also reach us by using our online chat or filling out our online contact form.
2.- Do I Have to Come to Your Office for a Consultation or to Hire You as my Attorneys?
No, you do not have to come to our office. We are scheduling telephone and online appointments using Zoom, FaceTime, and Skype, meaning we can meet virtually with you while you remain at home. We use these technologies to provide you a free consultation for your personal injury, workers's comp, and social security disability case and to talk to you about your employment law or Veterans' law case. We can securely email documents that are ready for electronic signatures, so it's not necessary to come to our office to hire us as your attorneys.
3.- How can I get Updates on the Status of my Case?
Just call or email your attorney or paralegal who will be happy to answer your questions and update you on the status of your case.
4.- Are Courts Still Open in my Area? Will my Court Date be Rescheduled?
In North Carolina and South Carolina, courthouses remain open to file papers such as lawsuits. The time limitations for things that needed to be filed between March 15 and May 31 will be considered timely if they are filed by June 1, 2020. This includes filing new lawsuits and extends the statutes of limitations for cases.
All civil and criminal proceedings scheduled from March 15 - May 31, 2020 are postponed until June 1, 2020. Postponed cases will be rescheduled after June 1, and notice will be sent to the attorneys and parties.
5.- What if I Can't Come to Court Because I am Sick or Quarantined?
If you are sick when your case is rescheduled, it will be up to the judge to postpone the case, and you should let the court and your attorney know about your illness.
6.- What About Workers' Compensation Hearings?
In North Carolina, workers' compensation hearings scheduled before the North Carolina Industrial Commission between March 15- May 31 are postponed and will be rescheduled after June 1. Notice will be sent to all attorneys and parties.
In South Carolina, all live, in-person hearings are canceled through May 1. The Commission will hear certain motions and certain hearings via video but only if all parties consent.
7.- Will Scheduled Depositions, Mediation, Arbitration, or Settlement Negotiations Occur as Planned?
The courts have urged the parties to continue moving cases along using telephone and video conferencing.
In North Carolina, depositions, mediations, and arbitrations are being conducted by telephone and video conferencing as long as no party objects. If a party objects, the event will be rescheduled after June 1, 2020. Settlement negotiations are almost always conducted by telephone, and they are continuing normally.
In South Carolina, mediations, depositions, and meetings are going forward via video or telephone. Settlement negotiations are almost always conducted by telephone, and they are continuing normally.
If we do need to meet in person, we will not ask you to do so if we are sick, and we ask that if you are sick or think you may have been in close contact with someone with Coronavirus, please stay home and take care of yourself. We will reschedule your appointment, and, when possible, we will try to schedule meetings with you via telephone, FaceTime, Zoom, or Skype.
We care about you, and because we do, we won't shake your hand when we do meet with you in person.
We are taking extra care to make sure that all frequently touched surfaces in our lobby, conference rooms, and bathrooms, including doorknobs and handles, are regularly wiped down and disinfected.
We will continue to make sure our supply of tissues in our conference rooms and lobby is stocked for your use if you need to sneeze or cough.
We provide hand sanitizer in our office and plenty of soap in bathrooms for handwashing. Health experts recommend washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and avoid touching your face as much as possible.
We continue to monitor this situation and follow the advice and guidelines of public health officials to keep you and our entire Grimes Teich Anderson family as safe as possible. We are all in this together, and together we can meet this challenge. Please call us if we can be of service to you. 828-251-0800.