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Is there anyway to find out if a defendant paid a settlement

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Is there anyway to find out if a defendant paid a settlement claim, pending a law suite?
I do not feel that I got a fair settlement in my case; and, I do feel I was not represented in a professional manor.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  LegalKnowledge replied 1 year ago.

Good morning. Just to be clear, this was settled outside of court?

Expert:  LegalKnowledge replied 1 year ago.

Hi, are you still with me

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
my case never went to court . I was told that the judge was going to rule for the defendant because there was no way we could win the case. I was told the defendant put an offer on the table, which I turned down the first time. the offer came up again, I was lead to believe if I did not take it the case would be closed, and I would get nothing, because we couldn't win!
Expert:  LegalKnowledge replied 1 year ago.

Thank you for the additional information. Settlements are typically confidential. As such, unless one of the parties disclosed the status of it, there would be no way of finding out, if the defendant was paid. However, if the defendant was NOT paid, the plaintiff would have likely taken the defendant back to court to enforce the settlement or proceed and sue, so the case would appear in the public records and be able to be seen. The decision to take the settlement offer, is at your discretion. If you were not properly represented, you could file a Bar complaint against the attorney representing you. However, if you accepted it, it needs to be paid and if they did not pay, then you could take them back to court to enforce it.

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