If you are injured in any kind of accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, and if you file a personal injury lawsuit, your case will probably be settled out of court with no need for a trial. Very few personal injury cases end up in front of juries; they’re typically settled by attorneys in negotiations. In an out of court settlement, the negligent party may ask for a confidentiality provision in return for the payment of damages. A confidentiality provision bans the party receiving the compensation from ever talking about the case or disclosing the amount of the settlement to anyone. If you’re injured in the Pasadena or greater Los Angeles area by another person’s negligence, discuss your rights and options as quickly as possible with an experienced Pasadena personal injury lawyer.
In recent years, and especially with the emergence of online social media, defendants in personal injury cases have started taking their confidentiality agreements seriously, as one Florida plaintiff recently learned. Patrick Snay and the Gulliver Preparatory School came to an agreement back in November 2011. Snay was to receive an $80,000 settlement from the school in an age discrimination case. The settlement barred Snay from telling anyone “directly or indirectly” about the settlement or its terms or conditions. It was essentially the same confidentiality provision that is routinely a part of personal injury settlements.
When Snay’s daughter told more than a thousand Facebook friends about the settlement, the Gulliver Preparatory School informed Snay’s attorneys that Snay had violated the settlement’s confidentiality provision and that he would not receive the payment. Florida’s Third District Court of Appeal determined that the confidentiality agreement had been violated, and Shay never received a single cent of the $80,000.
This should in no way prevent you from filing a personal injury claim if you’re injured in southern California, but you really must adhere to the terms of any personal injury agreement. It’s always best to discuss the terms of a legal settlement with your attorney before signing such a document. If you sustain any personal injury in the Pasadena-Los Angeles area – in a traffic collision, in a supermarket or restaurant, or as a result of medical malpractice – take your case at once to an experienced Pasadena personal injury lawyer. You have a limited amount of time to file a claim, so do not wait to make the call.