In Georgia and across the United States, a defendant in court has the legal right to face his or her accuser. Additionally, information pertaining to court cases is generally a matter of public record once a case has been resolved. In some situations, however, a plaintiff may want or even require his or her name and personal information to be withheld during and after a lawsuit. There are a number of reasons for this, including the plaintiff’s age, the possibility of retaliation or the specific nature of the incident that prompted the lawsuit. For example, if someone has been raped and he or she is filing a personal injury lawsuit against the perpetrator, he or she may not want his or her personal information to become a matter of public record.
The Process of Filing an Anonymous Lawsuit
The first step in filing an anonymous lawsuit is to get in touch with personal injury attorney Eric J. Hertz, of the Hertz Law Firm. Eric J. Hertz and his staff are available to provide you with a free consultation to help you understand your legal options, and they can also get your lawsuit started. The Hertz Law Firm will protect your identity by redacting your name and personal information from certain pieces of evidence, anonymizing your identity during court proceedings and ensuring that your appearance is not broadcast should you be required to be physically present in court.
Does Filing Anonymously Change Anything?
When you file a lawsuit anonymously, a number of things can change during the legal process. First, you likely will not have to deal with media interviews, harassing phone calls or public opinion, especially if your case is considered to be high-profile. Second, you may not be able to talk about the case to anyone because of a court order, but also because no one will know that you are involved. Keep in mind that most people are not allowed to discuss the specifics of an ongoing case whether anonymous or not. Eric J. Hertz and his staff will make sure that you understand what you can and cannot do legally and in order to maintain anonymity. Finally, after your case, you may or may not have the option to go public. If you choose to speak out publicly, it’s important to remember that what you say at that point in time could cause a problem with the ruling that was handed down at the conclusion of your case. This is also true in the event that your case is settled out of court.
Learn Your Options Before It’s Too Late
Whether you plan to file a lawsuit anonymously or you want to file one publicly, it’s important for you to take action now and contact the Hertz Law Firm. You only have a limited time to file a personal injury claim for compensation in Georgia, even if you want to file anonymously. Call the Hertz Law Firm at 404-577-8111 to receive a free consultation and find out whether filing anonymously is right for you.