The spread of COVID19 has impacted nearly all aspects of life in the United States. This is especially true in New York City, which has become an epicenter of the pandemic. This unprecedented crisis will most certainly have long-lasting impacts on the lives of all New Yorkers. The US legal system was among the fields severely impacted by this pandemic. To avoid overcrowding and increased infections among employees and the public, Federal, State, and City Courts have implemented new safety measures and social distancing guidelines to ensure that all pending legal matters are proceeding efficiently.

The Courts categorized all legal matters into two main types, essential and non-essential. Essential matters include situations where the immediate involvement of the Court and law enforcement personnel is necessary. The list includes criminal matters involving detention, certain family court matters, Mental Hygiene Law applications, temporary and extreme risk orders of protection, emergency applications related to coronavirus, emergency Election Law applications, specific civil/housing matters, and “any other matter that the court deems essential.”[1] For non-essential matters, including pending personal injury and medical malpractice cases, the Courts are currently not accepting new filings until further notice.

What does this mean for my case?

The Courts’ precautionary measures impact pending matters in various ways, depending on the type of case and the urgency involved. For example, if your case involves personal safety and security, such as domestic violence or prolonged detention, the court is very likely to adjudicate the case with a sense of urgency. However, if the pending case is a civil matter pertaining to damages as in personal injury and medical malpractice, for instance, the recent Court measures will likely delay a large number of pending cases. These delays typically cause no harm to the litigants’ interests.

With that in mind, these measures by no means impede our office’s zealous efforts to bring your case to a satisfactory resolution. Mr. Aqel, an associate of the firm, also focusing on personal injury and medical malpractice litigation continues to work tirelessly throughout this pandemic to bring about the best possible outcome for your case.  Mr. Aqel speaks fluent Arabic and can render the highest of legal assistance to Arabic speaking clients.

Call the Law Offices of Marc S. Albert

If you have a pending personal injury or medical malpractice matter, call the Law Offices of Marc S. Albert. With over 30 years of combined experience, Mr. Albert and Mr. Aqel handle all of your inquiries personally, so can you benefit from their vast experience in these matters.  Call our office at 855-252-3788.

[1] See AO/78/20, Mar. 22, 2020, Exhibit A, at


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