Hey! That’s Personal! Maintaining Privacy in Litigation

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We all value our privacy. And in our modern world, it has become increasingly important to protect yourself from identify thieves and the like. But when you are involved in litigation, you are required to disclose a lot of personal information, whether you like it or not.

So does filing a lawsuit mean you lose your right to privacy completely?

No. Your rights can still be protected.

Discovery

In litigation, we have procedures called “discovery.” Discovery, in the context of a lawsuit, allows both sides to find out (“discover”) facts and information about the opposing party’s case (i.e., plaintiff’s case-in-chief and the defendant’s defense). The purpose of discovery is to allow the parties to find out as much as possible about the facts on both sides so they can be fully prepared for trial or, hopefully, can settle the case.

What can be “discovered” under these procedures is quite broad. Which means that privacy issues frequently arise during discovery. Personal injury lawsuits in particular expose private matters because the injured party’s physical injuries and monetary damages are at issue in the case; making the discovery of personal medical and some financial information fair game.

Keeping it Confidential

But just because you file a personal injury lawsuit, that does not mean that you waive all your rights to privacy. Experienced Louisiana personal injury lawyers have a number of tools that they regularly use to protect your information.

For example, counsel can make sure that the other side tailors their discovery demands to the issues in your case. In other words, your counsel can protect you from overly broad discovery requests.

Another tool that can be successfully employed to protect sensitive or personal information is confidentiality agreements. Confidentiality Agreements require the parties to keep certain information confidential and out of the public record.

If necessary, court intervention can be sought in the form of protective orders to keep the other side from getting certain documents, asking overly-invasive questions, or in other ways abusing the discovery process.

Fighting Hard for Your Rights

If you have been injured in a car accident or in any other accident, call us. We are experienced personal injury attorneys who fight hard to get our clients the compensation they deserve. We offer FREE consultations, and we don’t get paid unless you win your case. We have offices in Baton Rouge and we serve Baker, Denham, Gonzales, Port Allen, Prairieville, New Orleans, and Zachary. So call 225-200-0000 ToDay to schedule your free consultation or contact us here.

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A proud graduate of Southern University Law Center and former president of the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, Justin is best known for providing his clients with the personal attention they need while fighting hard to get them the compensation they deserve. Justin and his team are not afraid to take on the tough cases or fight the good fight. Dedicated and tenacious, for over 18 years, Justin has consistently achieved superior results for the clients he serves.

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Georgia B. Day is an experienced personal injury and worker’s compensation attorney. A former Administrative Law Judge for the Louisiana Workforce Commission, Georgia is driven by a desire to obtain justice for individuals injured in the workplace and those who have been injured due to the carelessness of others. Georgia takes pride in providing her clients with the best possible representation. Polished and professional, Georgia is best known for her excellent work ethic, obtaining superior results, and her responsiveness to clients.

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