** March 19, 2020 Update: The entire State of California is now under a stay at home order. Our law firm will remain open during this crisis; however, all law firm employees shall be working from home. There may be slight delays during this time. We pray for all of you and wish you well during this crisis.
As you know a state of emergency has been declared as a result of the Novel Coronavirus pandemic which is presently spreading around the world.
As of 3/18/2020 most California state courts and Federal Courts, have either closed temporarily, limited access, continue cases (postpone), or have taken other actions, you may click here for a list of all California Courts. You may go to their website to see their specific restrictions. Most courts are still available for emergency hearings such as Domestic Violence, Criminal Matters, and Probate Matters involving elderly or mentally ill persons.
Many courts only have courtcall (phone) or video appearances. Some have no restrictions as of yet.
We will notify you if there have been any significant Developments in your case.
Some of you have informed us that you do not want to travel or present for depositions, court hearings, independent medical examinations, etc. because you are in the high risk group, or you want to socially isolate due to the current pandemic.
We will do everything we can to protect your interests during this time.
Our law firm is dedicated to obtaining justice for our clients and we will continue to do so during this crisis.
Our state-of-the-art computerized management system allows you to interact with us telephonically, through videoconference, through email, or secure messages via our online portal.
Our staff will communicate with you as we have always done.
Our firm will remain open and working during this time. We will continue to keep you updated as the situation develops.
As of now medical professionals are recommending that you; try to socially isolate; wash your hands frequently, for at least 20 seconds; do not place your hands to your face, mouth, nose, eyes, or ears if they have not been washed. If you cannot wash, use a hand sanitizer that has at least 60% alcohol. Wipe off frequently used items such as doorknobs, toilets, or anything that people touch with a disinfecting alcohol wipe; and do not gather in groups larger than 25 people.
Further, stay away from people who are sniffling or coughing, and keep a distance of 6-9 feet from other people if you can.
We also recommend that you start checking you, your family members, people who live with you, or people that work with you in the same office, temperature(s) at least twice a day.
If you have a high temperature, or if you’re sick, you should contact your primary doctor for advice before you present to your doctor’s office. If you have a life-threatening emergency, you should call 911.
Above all, you should not go out in public and risk infecting everyone else. Your doctor will tell you what to do. If you do not have medical insurance, you should contact any local emergency room by telephone and ask them what you should do. You can also pay for doctors’ consultations online if you do not have a primary physician or medical insurance. Simply search for online medical consultations.
If someone you live with or work with has a high temperature you should also contact a doctor for advice. If it is a worker in the same office, they should not be allowed to stay within the office and they should be instructed to seek medical advice.
Although we are not a medical office, you may call us at 800-816-1529 for a free consultation if you have any questions or concerns regarding this announcement.
We pray that you and your family and your loved ones make it through this crisis, and we will see you on the other end.
Norman Gregory Fernandez, Esq.
Law Offices of Norman Gregory Fernandez