Coronavirus-related closures have affected Nevada’s legal system and businesses. While the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is normally two years, Governor Sisolak has declared a stay of the statute of limitations.
Reno, United States – May 5, 2020 /MarketersMedia/ —
Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak has issued a stay of the statute of limitations so that personal injury claims can not expire while the state has shuttered non-essential businesses in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This means that if the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim is set to run out before the COVID restrictions are lifted, the claimant has 30 days to file a claim once the state resumes normal operations.
Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak issued a Declaration of Emergency on March 12, 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since approximately March 17, most non-essential businesses in Nevada have been required to shutter to help stop the spread of the disease through social distancing.
Nevada’s Courts have limited their operations to only essential matters during the COVID-19 pandemic.
While law offices are considered essential services – and most law firms have remained open for business – the State Bar of Nevada issued a statement encouraging social distancing and telecommuting. They authorized conducting meetings and consultations with clients remotely.
With this order from Gov. Sisolak’s office, any statute of limitation that expires during the COVID crisis is exempt from expiration until 30 days after the closures of businesses, schools, and the court system are lifted in the state of Nevada. Learn more about statute of limitations here.
Even though the time to file for a personal injury claim has been extended, Reno Personal Injury Attorney Matt Dion still recommends to people talk to a lawyer as soon as possible if they have been hurt due to the carelessness of another. In his more than 30 years of experience in the field, he has seen a number of cases that were compromised by inaction.
“Getting a consultation with an attorney can be perfectly safe because we are offering remote initial consultations,” Dion said. “It’s important that people take action to get the compensation they deserve. Not getting an expert opinion and collecting evidence as soon as possible can unnecessarily compromise a case.”
Dion said with many law offices offering free, remote initial consultations, it is smart for those who have been injured by someone else’s actions to take the right steps to get the maximum compensation for their injuries and get their live back on track.
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