I was recently approached by a colleague who asked:
Why our personal injury law firm did not publish our clients’ large settlement and jury awards for compensation?
Ward & Ward Law Firm is a plaintiff’s personal injury law firm that operates at the behest of private citizens who have been injured in car, motorcycle, bicycle, pedestrian and semi tractor-trailer or 18 – wheeler trucking accidents. We feel that our clients’ interests are best served by exercising discretion—honoring their trust with confidentiality.
A million dollar settlement or jury award can alter behavior of friends and family
A quiet settlement or jury award permits our clients to pick up the pieces of their lives after a traumatic accident and move on privately. We strongly advise our clients refrain from divulging to friends or family when a settlement or award for economic, non-economic losses or punitive damages has been made. Well-meaning people can inadvertently exert enormous pressure on individuals to ‘share the wealth.’ They may not comprehend that our clients will use their settlement or award to protect a future which may include permanent disabilities.
The Confidentiality Clause
Additionally, large settlements by prominent corporations may contain a clause within the settlement agreement that prevents the claimants from discussing any negotiations and dollars received with anyone, exempting plaintiff’s attorney and their tax preparing accountant. But why?
Settlements often are not an admission of guilt by the defendant(s), but rather the determination has been made that it would be in neither party’s mutual best interest to continue with further litigation.
We respect the privacy of our personal injury clients.
The law firm of Ward & Ward will never broadcast our clients’ identities or injuries in conjunction with settlement or jury awards to enhance the prestige of the firm. We respect the confidentiality of each and every client. If you or someone you know has been involved in an accident with traumatic injury, call Charlie Ward today at 317-639-9501 for a free analysis of your case.