When it comes time to settle a personal injury lawsuit, many people  feel relieved that a stressful experience is finally over. For plaintiffs who have suffered an injury or loss, a monetary settlement often makes it possible to move forward with their lives.

However, a settlement does not guarantee that a defendant’s misconduct has been deterred. Settlements often include confidentiality agreements, which keep the public from learning much about the wrong-doing that led to a lawsuit. The public remains unaware of potential dangers that could still cause harm in the future.

For example, a plaintiff may sign a secrecy agreement to settle a suit against the manufacturer of a product that could injure consumers. Because of the agreement, consumers may not be alerted to the hazardous product.

Unfortunately, many states allow court settlements to remain sealed. South Carolina, on the other hand, is an exception.

How South Carolina Views Secret Court Settlements

More than a decade ago, the 10 active federal trial judges in the state decided to ban confidentiality orders in settlement cases. They felt that secrecy orders made the South Carolina courts complicit in concealing the truth from residents.

As a result, details are available about faulty products or negligent professionals whose actions have damaged plaintiffs. South Carolina, California and Florida are the only states that restrict secret settlements.

Need Legal Help?

The last thing you expect after purchasing a product is to suffer an injury. But not all manufactured goods are safe. Our South Carolina defective product attorneys at Joye Law Firm are ready to fight for your rights if you or someone you love is injured by a defective product. Please contact us for a free consultation at 877-936-9707 or fill out our convenient online form today.

We have obtained millions of dollars in compensation for people who have been injured in accidents or by defective products.

About the Author

Mark Joye is the Head of the Litigation Department at the Joye Law Firm. A Board-Certified Trial Advocate with nearly 30 years of litigation experience, he currently serves on the Board of Governors for the American Association for Justice and is a past president of the South Carolina Association for Justice. In a recent trial, Joye headed a trial team that secured $17 million for a family killed in a tractor-trailer accident.

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