Michigan workers comp lawyer discusses confidentiality in a settlement and how to protect yourself.
SBNation.com had a story last week about a college freshman who posted a photo of himself on Instagram displaying a large sum of money. This is a controversy because it implies he is getting paid to play football. The photo means nothing but people always assume the worst.
This article made us think about similar discrimination our clients face. People assume that settlement means they are rolling in the dough. The truth is that our clients simply want to get back on their feet after an extended disability.
Employers are afraid that news of settlement will create more claims. The idea is that other employees will suddenly get hurt after hearing about a large payout. This is nonsense because fraudulent claims are easily exposed and most people just want to work.
Many employers insist on confidentiality as part of the settlement. This means our clients cannot discuss the terms of the agreement or what is to be paid.
Penalties for breaking this provision can be severe. It can include a specific dollar amount or require the entire settlement to be paid back.
We tell our clients to keep their settlements hush-hush. It is nobody’s business what happened with their claim. This will keep the gossip to a minimum and ensure no future problems.
Get help with your settlement
Individuals who are not represented by a lawyer open themselves up to extreme danger. Employers and insurance companies will insist on settlement language that only benefits their interests.
Watch out for indemnification and hold harmless provisions. You could end being stuck with medical bills and liens that should have already been paid.
Call (855) 221-2667 for a free consultation with a Michigan workers comp lawyer. We only charge a fee if you receive additional benefits or a settlement.
– Alex Berman is the founder of Michigan Workers Comp Lawyers. Hes been representing injured and disabled workers exclusively for more than 35 years. Alex has helped countless people obtain workers comp benefits and never charges a fee to evaluate a case.
– Photo courtesy of Creative Commons, by 401(K) 2013.