By Sabrina Amsel on September 19 2018 11:28:46
A structured settlement is not the answer for everyone. Some victims will prefer and benefit from a lump sum payment. However, there are very specific cases where a structured settlement is ideal for the victim. This generally occurs when the victim is in need of long term or permanent care. When an accident occurs that leaves a person unable to work and earn money for themselves over a long period of time, they will need the funds to care for themselves and whatever medical care is necessary. Whether it is an injury that will take a very long time from which to recover or a permanent disability that will prevent the victim from working for the duration of his life, a structured settlement is ideal in these situations.
With regard to the funding agency, structured settlement funding has many advantages over other modes of settlement funding in terms of managing larger amounts of cash, tax exemption, flexibility, and stability. It is also possible for the person selling his settlement to be taxed for the amount he receives through the sale, although he might have been tax free prior to transfer. It is better to consult a lawyer before signing a contract with a structured settlement funding company as he can provide the required legal assistance. A structured settlement funding company which buys a settlement does that only for profit and the profit comes from the payments that otherwise the holder of the policy would have received. Major disadvantages of structured settlement funding are the high commissions on the purchases by the companies and in equal payments; inflation causes reduction in real value of payments.
If you have been hurt in an accident, chances are you have hired an attorney to pursue your claim for compensation for your injuries, pain and suffering. This is a fairly common occurrence for those who have been put through the harrowing ordeal of having to endure an accident for which they were not at fault. For many years when a settlement was awarded to the victim, the amount of money that was awarded would go to the victim in the form of a lump sum. However, this is generally not the case anymore. Nowadays the more common manner of paying money to the injured party is in the form of a structured settlement.
Consider the legalities before selling a structured settlement, as some might not have the option of being sold earlier for a lump sum. Also, when the negotiations take place, some contracts might put up the restriction on sale of the structured settlement. Since structured settlements help in tax savings, it might make the person liable to pay tax after the settlement is sold. Also, if the settlement is being sold to raise cash for an emergency, it is possible that the insurance company might make an offer considerably lower than market value.