Are Personal Injury Settlements Public Record?

Whether or not a case is made public record is incredibly important to people who might be concerned about revealing the details of their injury to complete strangers. Typically, when a personal injury claim is settled out of court, the amount and particulars of the case aren’t public record. However, when a case does go to court, this is a different case.

If a case does go to court, this action indicates the parties involved couldn’t reach a fair settlement without involving a court. A case dealing with a judge and jury will be available for public view because it will have been decided by a judge or jury.

When a ruling is made public, everything submitted to the court or the jury in reaching that decision is made public, including testimonies, details of the injury, arguments used by both sides, and the verdict amount for the case.

Depending on your circumstances, you may wish to settle. Settlements are private affairs, and the details of the case didn’t involve a judge or jury and aren't required to be public record. You will have greater control over all aspects of the case; however, it also means the defendant is not obliged to admit its guilt or negligence.

If you’re concerned about whether or not your case will be settled in private or will go to court, contact one of our skilled San Jose personal injury attorneys as soon as possible. Habbas & Associates has more than 175 years of legal experience in personal injury cases, so we can provide you with insight into your situation. If you’re interested in contacting an attorney about your case, call us and schedule a conversation with us in a free case consultation. We can help you understand the circumstances surrounding your injury and help you develop an individualized strategy designed to meet your unique goals. If your injury was caused by the negligence of another person, he or she should be held accountable for paying for your medical bills, lost wages, property damage, and pain and suffering. Let us see what we can do for you.

Contact us at (888) 387-4053 or fill out our online form to schedule your case review today. We look forward to speaking with you.


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