COVID-19 Updates and Firm Response

A Message from Michael Steinger Regarding the COVID-19 Crisis

Steinger, Greene & Feiner Continues Operations, Taking All Precautions to Manage Your Case and Keep Our Communities Safe Like all of you, we are coming to grips with the full scope of the crisis caused by the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. Every passing day brings new news and more adjustments. During this trying time, we want to assure you that we are doing everything we can to continue serving our clients while minimizing the risk of spreading COVID-19. We have moved many operations remote. Most of our staff are now working from the safety of their homes. We have limited in-person business at our offices and various public buildings throughout Florida and Nashville.
Activities that once took place in person, including free case consultations, negotiations and the submission of essential court documents, have now moved to digital or courier-based modes of contact. When remote interactions are not possible, our partners, associates, and staff are taking every precaution possible. We have provided extensive public health and sanitation guidelines to our employees, and we can assure you that our offices have never been cleaner. When visiting the courts and government administration buildings that remain open, we practice social distancing, limit direct contact with others, and follow measures of cleanliness and sanitation both before and after our visits. Even with these precautions, we urge our clients and friends to abide by the guidelines suggested by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to limit the spread of disease to the most vulnerable members of our community.  We ask that you use our phone number, online contact form, or email correspondence to discuss your current or future case. Our employees are committed to remaining in contact with each and every client, keeping them up-to-date on the developments of their case.  Please call ahead if you intend to visit the office so that we can make accommodations for you.  If you think you have an in-person appearance scheduled at a courthouse or other public building in the next few weeks, call us first to see if it is rescheduled or if it’s something that’s now being handled virtually. If you have questions, concerns, or just want an update, please do not hesitate to call.  We can make accommodations to provide the services you need while limiting the risk of contagion spread. The last thing we want to do is make a client feel as if they need to leave the safety of their own home to access the legal services they need.

How We’re Minimizing Impact to Current Client Cases

We are doing everything we can to maintain the projected timeline for your case. However, please recognize that many cases can and will be disrupted by changes we are all currently experiencing. If an important case milestone, such as a court hearing or deposition, must be delayed, we are working with municipal and state court officials to schedule future dates. You can take comfort in the fact that all of us are in this together. That includes the judges, clerks, and staff who serve our communities throughout Florida and Nashville, as well as insurance company representatives. These individuals understand the hardship that COVID-19 disruptions have caused for those of us trying to navigate an optimal outcome for our cases. We have seen a remarkable capacity for adaptability and flexibility among legal and professional administrators. This means that both courts and insurers have been making adjustments to ensure that case delays do not result in negative outcomes for our clients.We will inform you of the individual details and what you can expect on a case-by-case basis.

An Opportunity to Forge Stronger Community Bonds

It feels like just a few weeks ago that all of us were more worried about attending little league games or catching flights to see relatives than we were about washing our hands. Now, much is uncertain. As the situation evolves, we must continue to place trust in experts within the scientific community as well as in our elected officials. We may not know exactly when the light at the end of the tunnel will emerge, but we all know that it’s there. Someday very soon, we will be able to enjoy this beautiful weather without fear of embracing an old friend or, heaven help us, touching our face. Until that day comes, we will be taking all public health recommendations very seriously. We are most concerned with limiting the possibility of spreading COVID-19 to those who are elderly or immunocompromised. We want to limit the amount of physical business we conduct as much as possible without compromising the quality of service our clients have come to expect. We ask you, please do everything you can to keep you and your loved ones safe. Do not take unnecessary risks. Rely on those who provide public and private services to make reasonable accommodations to limit your risk of exposure.  We can provide teleconferencing, the expedited delivery of important documents to your doorstep, and assistance with using any technologies required to facilitate your case. We will do whatever it takes to keep you safe while still providing outstanding client service. Speaking personally, I know myself, my family, and my business associates will all come out of this with a renewed appreciation for our communities.

Our Final Assurances and Recommendations

Again, if you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to reach out to us. Together, we have the strength to get through this, reduce negative outcomes, and come out stronger than ever. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.

Update on Coronavirus Situation in South Florida

During times of crisis where the public is nervous and unsure, accurate information is a valuable currency. We at Steinger, Greene & Feiner want to provide our clients, readers, and community members with the most up-to-date information we have so far. All information contained in the article below is based on reports from trustworthy local news sources as well as citations from academic research institutions and public health agencies.

Governor DeSantis Orders Mandatory “Shelter In Place” Laws

Responses and measures vary depending on the stance of the state governor and the volume of cases within the state. Seventeen states have issued these orders so far, which requires residents to stay in their homes any time they are not performing necessary tasks such as traveling to and from work or visiting grocery stores. Many states have granted exceptions to light physical activities, like dog walking. Many have also enforced measures banning public gatherings of 50 people or more.

All Jury Trials in Florida Suspended Until at Least April 17

One area of activity that will impact our clients is that all jury trials in Florida have been suspended until at least April 17. These closures are the result of an order issued by Florida Chief Justice Charles Canady. Many local government operations have also restricted public access to their facilities, moved to teleworking, and/or postponed trials. If you have a pending case, consult with your attorney or visit the clerk of the court website for the county in which you reside.

Florida Public Health Guidelines for Preventing the Spread of COVID-19

There are many things individuals can do to limit the risk of infection to themselves or others. The following precautions are recommended by Broward County officials, the Florida Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the Governor’s office.
  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; use hand sanitizers at home and in the workplace.
  • If you are sick, stay home, and follow the advice of your health care provider.
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow, not your hands. If using a tissue, immediately discard. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone showing respiratory symptoms (breathing difficulties, cough, runny nose).
  • Avoid touching public surfaces - credit card machines, gas pumps, hand railings, elevators. Use a tissue or paper towel when touching surfaces.
  • Over-the-counter masks are generally not an effective deterrent and are not recommended for the public at this time.
  • Evaluate your travel plans as conditions warrant. Reconsider traveling to areas that are already under a travel advisory or areas that are experiencing an outbreak.