During personal injury cases and other civil matters, the issue of privacy plays an integral role. When a claim is filed, depending on the nature of the case, it may be subject to media attention and garner coverage from local news channels and newspapers. This can cause the plaintiff and their loved ones to receive potentially unwanted attention from strangers. Whether that attention is perceived as good or bad depends on a few factors.
In some cases, media attention can help a grieving or suffering family find solace for circumstances that were not their fault. In other cases, media attention can help drive attention towards a law or policy that needs to be changed or a company or corporation that may potentially harm other victims if action is not taken. During claims like these, it can be beneficial for media to share the details of a lawsuit as well as the victim’s or plaintiff’s identity.