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Structured settlements

Traditionally, damages paid for injury compensation have been by way of a lump sum payment to the claimant when the amount of the settlement is agreed or awarded. However, in recent years, some claims have been settled by a different method known as a "Structured Settlement".

This type settlement is sometimes used where the claimant has suffered catastrophic injuries meaning that the amount of compensation awarded is intended to fund special care and medical attention for the remainder of the claimant's life. When such claims are dealt with by a lump sum settlement there is a risk that the money might not be managed properly and over time the fund might be exhausted or become insufficient for the claimant's needs. This would obviously be a very serious problem.

Under a Structured Settlement, the claimant receives not a lump sum but regular periodic payments set to fund the claimants needs adequately and for as long as is necessary. The advantage of this form of settlement from the claimant's point of view is that it removes uncertainty and provides long term finacial security.

The Structured Settlement may be agreed to privately between litigants or sometimes may be required by the court. The settlement is often funded by means of an annuity and because of the length of time for which it is likely to be payable, needs to adequately cater for future inflation so that the value of the settlement is not eroded over time.

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Accident in Supermarket
Mrs H was shopping for a small fold out table in a Supermarket. She reached to take one when the stack collapsed falling onto her right foot. X-rays to her foot showed no fracture but she was still forced to use crutches for a few weeks afterwards.

Within 6 months of being instructed Cooks had obtained a settlement offer of £2,000.00 which Mrs H was delighted to accept. She said
"My Granddaughter found your website and recommended you to me. Thank you for all your efforts for my accident claim, I appreciate your kindness. I received my cheque today and will be taking my grandchildren away on holiday with the money you recovered for me"
Mrs H from Devon

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Examples of Compensation Awards for Injury Claims*
Serious Back Injury
Wrist Injury
Serious Neck Injury
Serious Hand Injury
Ankle Injury
Serious Knee Injury
Serious Head Injury

*damages for loss of earnings and other losses and expenses are commonly paid in addition to the injury award and will vary in each case