At High Rise Financial, we protect your information when you apply for pre-settlement legal funding. However, you should know that if your case goes to trial, then every detail of your case becomes public record—including whether you’ve received legal funding.
This is why most personal injury cases end in settlements. Neither side wants the details of the case dragged through a public forum. A settlement agreement helps you keep your privacy, but in this case, diverging legal funding information may be beneficial. The jury may have a better understanding of how hard your finances were impacted by the accident.
You can rest assured that here at High Rise Financial, we take your privacy seriously. We will never volunteer the details of your legal case to anyone. While we are not attorneys, we abide by the same code of ethics and will always maintain confidentiality as it pertains to your case.
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At Trial, Nearly Everything Becomes Public Record
In many states, anyone can sit in on a personal injury trial. Journalists and private citizens alike can publish whichever details they wish of your personal injury case.
In addition, anyone can access information that becomes part of the public record. Court records may be available online or by request. Neither you nor the defendant can control what goes on the public record. You can ask the judge to keep certain information out of the public record, (i.e. seal it) but they have complete discretion as to how to proceed.
Information that may become public record in a personal injury trial includes:
- The details of your claim and accident
- The details concerning your personal injuries
- Information about you, your family, and the defendant(s)
- Witness testimony and statements
- Pictures and charts presented as evidence
- Transcriptions of oral arguments
- The verdict and amount of the final award
Confidentiality as It Pertains to Pre-Settlement Funding
You may be required to divulge to the court that you have applied for and received legal funding. A judge would only consider this information as a basis for whether to recuse themselves or for judicial disqualification.
This could change as state legislatures move to make litigation funding more transparent. For instance, in 2019 the State of West Virginia passed Senate Bill 360 that requires the disclosure of litigation funding agreements in certain cases.
But the bottom line is this: We will do all we can to ensure the details of your legal case remain confidential. We use secure servers to transmit and store documents, so your information will not fall into the wrong hands. And all of our employees sign non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) when they agree to work with us.
Complete the form on the Apply Now page or call us at (866) 407-6404 with questions.
To apply for free, call (877) 735-0016
Retaining Your Privacy with a Settlement Agreement
A settlement agreement occurs when you agree to a financial settlement in return for dropping your lawsuit or claim. A personal injury settlement does not become a part of the public record.
In fact, as part of the settlement, you may be required to sign an NDA. A personal injury trial, on the other hand, is a public affair. This is one reason why over 80% of personal injury cases never go to trial.
How Pre-Settlement Legal Funding Can Help
If you suffered serious injuries as a result of your accident, you may be hurting financially, especially if you are unable to work due to your injuries. You may be tempted to tell your lawyer to accept a lowball offer just to receive some money and to get the case over with.
With pre-settlement legal funding, however, you don’t just relieve your financial stress by being able to pay the rent or the mortgage (though that’s a big part of it). You also give your lawyer the valuable time they need to continue building the strongest case possible for the best possible settlement award.
Legal funding is available to plaintiffs who are actively engaged in settlement negotiations, as well as those who are going to court.
We Keep the Details of Your Case Confidential
The information we gather about your case will remain confidential. We need these details so we can come up with a solid offer to help you make ends meet until your case settles. We will never jeopardize your privacy in order to do it.
Apply for Pre-Settlement Legal Funding Today
At High Rise Financial, we are dedicated to helping personal injury plaintiffs like you. Applying is free, and you don’t have to make monthly payments. You don’t pay us back unless you win your case. And if you lose, you don’t owe us a dime.
Fill out the form on the Apply Now page to get started. We will be in touch the same day with you and your lawyer. In most cases, the approval process takes less than an hour. And if you’re approved, we can transfer the money to your bank account within 24-48 hours.
If you have questions or need assistance, please call us at (866) 407-6404.