Legal Deadlines Not On Pause During Coronavirus Pandemic

03/20/2020 | Auto, Semi & Motorcycle Wrecks

In this time of Coronavirus quarantines, delays, and shut-downs, one thing isn’t slowing down – the time in which you have to file a lawsuit.  Even though courts are not conducting regular business, many law firms are working with social distancing policies, or remotely, and electronic court filings still allow us to make our clients’ case filings in the court system. 

Kentucky law places time limitations on the length of time in which injured people have to file a lawsuit.  Those deadlines are not extended by the Coronavirus shutdown, and they will not be.  If lawsuits are not filed by their legal deadline, it is forever too late.  So, even though we are practicing social distancing and quarantines, it is important to make sure your case gets on file with the court before its deadline.  The deadline to file most negligence cases in Kentucky is one year from the date of the incident, but it can vary depending on the type of case and circumstances.

In 2017, Hans published a “Guide to Kentucky Personal Injury Law,” setting forth the statutes of limitation for all types of civil claims in Kentucky.  The Guide was distributed to all members of the Kentucky Bar.  It covers topics such as insurance bad faith, civil rights, legal malpractice, medical malpractice, motor vehicle claims, premises liability, punitive damages, and wrongful death.  The Poppe Law Firm is experiences in handling all of these types of lawsuits, among others. 

While we are putting many aspects of our lives and most court proceedings on pause at the moment, the law will not pause your statute of limitations.  The deadline to file a lawsuit is still running during the Coronavirus pandemic.  Please be safe and practice social distancing, but know that we are available by phone and we can still file lawsuits online.   Be safe and kind.