There's no getting around it: personal injury cases are difficult to navigate. It might be difficult to gather the necessary proof for your case, persuade a judge and/or jury of your injuries, and go through a lengthy process. When you are requested to turn up personal papers, you may also experience a loss of privacy.
Working with an experienced personal injury attorney like The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker and running all demands by them before providing private information is the best approach to ensure that your privacy rights are not being abused. Continue reading to find out more, then call us at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.
In a personal injury case, you may be concerned about your privacy
Of course, each litigation is different, but it is normal for a plaintiff in a personal injury claim to be compelled to provide a great deal of personal information. W-2s, pay stubs, and other information about your employment are examples of what you could find. You may also be required to hand over your insurance policy, tax records, and information on the benefits provided by your company.
You may be required to send over medical documents, including extensive notes from your doctor, in addition to job and financial details. You may be asked for your driver's license number and your social security number by the defendant's counsel. You are not obligated to give over all of this information, and we strongly advise against it in most circumstances. One of the services provided by an attorney is to help you understand what is expected and what you should refuse to furnish.
An example of privacy-related security concerns
A professional photocopier is frequently used in the course of a litigation. This photocopier will make copies of your documents and send them to those who require them, such as the defense. According to California law, a professional photocopier must retain a digital copy of this material for at least six months after the case is closed. This information, like any other digitally stored information, might be accessed by hackers.
When it comes to privacy issues, an attorney is your best bet
Now that you're aware that privacy is an issue, you might be wondering: How can an attorney protect my privacy? First and foremost, we will only release your personal information when it is absolutely essential. We'll restrict the scope of discovery so that the opposing counsel only sees the information that's relevant to your case.
Second, we'll take extra precautions to safeguard the information we give. The key is to deal with an experienced lawyer who is looking out for your best interests. The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker is where you'll find that attorney. For a free legal consultation, call 800-333-0000 right now.