Birmingham, AL asked in Libel & Slander and Personal Injury for Alabama

Q: Are attorneys hands tied as far as filing lawsuits for incidents that happened during the pandemic if it was negligence?

I was in a medically induced coma because of Covid 19 and I came out of the coma. I fell from the bed on the floor and my heart stopped and they brought me back several times & I sustained a hypoxic brain injury. & was reintubated. I have my official medical records and I signed a contract with a large law firm and they were on my record as my attorneys for many months. I got a letter a couple of months ago just saying they wouldn’t be able to represent me. This firm had a long time to notify me and now my timeframe to file a lawsuit has been dwindled down to try and find a lawyer in a months time before my statue of limitations expires. Is there any lawyers out there that have filed lawsuits for medical malpractice cases that happened during the pandemic that will take my case on such short notice?

1 Lawyer Answer
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
  • Little Neck, NY

A: An Alabama attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. Don't lose further time awaiting a reply here. This isn't an attorney referral service, so there's no point awaiting a reply regarding possible representation. With a looming statute of limitations, make the best use of your remaining time to reach out to law firms.

To answer your question about attorneys' hands being tied for cases arising during the pandemic, it could depend on the timeline and the state's civil procedure rules. Some states did temporarily suspend the clock on statutes of limitations (on a state-by-state basis - it wasn't universal nationwide), but that was a long time ago at this point. Those grace periods are moot for the most part now. An Alabama attorney must advise you here, but the short answer is to make the best use of the time you have at hand - reach out to attorneys to try to arrange a free initial consult. Good luck

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