January 27, 2021

To Our Valued Clients and Prospective Clients:

As a nationally recognized insurance dispute and property damage trial law firm, we are known for securing record-breaking results for our clients.  Nevertheless,  the coronavirus crisis continues to impact Florida courts.  Most courts have not been allowed to move forward in their plans to reopen for in-person trials due to a rise in COVID-19 cases and more contagious strains of the virus.

Recently, some criminal trials have begun to take place but criminal cases take priority over civil lawsuits.  In fact, the Florida court system has asked civil trial judges to step in to assist with the backlog of criminal trials.  As a result, many civil cases must wait until courts have cleared the logjam of criminal cases.

Corless Barfield Trial Group is proud to participate in Florida’s first federal civil jury trial to take place entirely via Zoom in a case styled Cheryl Staple v. Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company.  However, trials in the era of COVID are the exception rather than the rule. 

Judges state they do not expect civil trials to start back up in earnest until June 2021 at the earliest.  Courts are adapting their operations to establish a new normal, which includes very limited in-person hearings and remote jury trials.  As such, patience and perseverance must be practiced. 

If you have an insurance dispute or property damage claim, you should speak with a lawyer.  Any delay in seeking representation can lead to a loss of evidence and fewer opportunities to successfully resolve your claim.  If you are engaged in a dispute over the following, call 813-258-4998:

  • Sinkhole Damage
  • Flood Damage
  • Fire Damage
  • Wind Damage
  • Hurricane/Storm Damage
  • Life Insurance
  • Construction Defects
  • Mold Damage

Our goal is for your case to move forward in a timely manner.  Please be assured that we have a plan in place and that our firm will always work hard to ensure success.  We will make every effort to exceed client expectations during the coronavirus crisis. 

Above all, be safe and take care of yourselves and your families.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our office. 


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