There are quite a few potential incentives and advantages associated with becoming a whistleblower, not the least of which is the potential to earn some significant financial compensation. But as you make your decision it is important that you take the time to consider what you’re getting into and the possible drawbacks that could exist in reporting what you know.
Here are a few examples.
- Delays: This is perhaps the most noteworthy “con” of becoming a whistleblower. The legal system can take a long time to do its thing, and in qui tam lawsuits the delays can be particularly expensive, as there are often complex systems and institutions that must be navigated. Don’t be surprised if the case takes several years before it’s finally concluded. You must be ready for it to be a part of your life for that amount of time, especially if you are a crucial source of evidence.
- Complexity of the process: The complexity of the process surrounding whistleblower cases can take up a lot of your time. You’ll need to engage in a lot of documentation, spend time talking to attorneys and legal teams and navigate all aspects of a potential lawsuit.
- Stress: While you do have some significant federal protections available to you that prevent you from being retaliated against (and offer you restitution if you suffer retaliation), that does not completely take away from the stress of a case. You may face pushback or ill feelings from coworkers, friends or even family. Speaking up is difficult, but that’s why the potential reward is so high—to reward people for doing the hard but correct thing.
To prepare for what lies ahead in a whistleblower lawsuit, contact an experienced whistleblower attorney at Kardell Law Group.