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How are personal injury settlements paid out in California?

How are personal injury settlements paid out in california

In California, personal injury settlements are typically paid out in various ways, depending on the specific circumstances of the case and the agreement reached between the parties involved.

What Are the Different Payment Structures for Settlements?

The following are common payment structures for settlements in California:

Lump Sum Payment

A lump sum payment is the most common method of settling a personal injury claim. In this scenario, the responsible party or their insurance company pays the agreed-upon settlement amount to the injured party in a single payment. Once the payment is made, the case is considered settled, and the injured party generally releases any further legal claims related to the incident.

Structured Settlement

In some cases, the parties may agree to a structured settlement instead of a lump sum payment. With a structured settlement, the settlement amount is paid out over a specified period in regular installments, typically monthly or annually. This arrangement can provide a steady stream of income to the injured party over an extended period and may be preferable in cases involving long-term medical expenses or ongoing care needs.

Trusts or Annuities

In certain situations, the settlement amount may be placed in a trust or used to purchase an annuity. A trust can provide protection and management of the funds, ensuring they are used for the intended purpose, such as ongoing medical care. An annuity is a financial product that guarantees regular payments over a specified period. It can be structured to provide a steady income stream to the injured party.


Medicare or Medicaid Liens

If the injured party received medical treatment covered by Medicare or Medicaid, these government agencies may assert a lien on the settlement proceeds to recover the amount they paid for medical expenses related to the injury. In such cases, the settlement may be disbursed to the injured party after the satisfaction of these liens.


It's important to note that the specific payment arrangement for a personal injury settlement can vary depending on the unique circumstances of the case and the negotiations between the parties. It's advisable to work with a personal injury attorney who can help guide you through the settlement process, ensure your rights are protected, and assist in reaching a favorable payment arrangement.

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If you were involved in an accident that was not your fault, contact a personal injury lawyer at MVP Accident Attorneys as soon as possible. We offer free consultations where you can discuss your case, learn about your legal rights and options, and find out how we can help. Contact us today to learn more.


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Brett S. Sachs graduated from Michigan State University College of Law with Cum Laude Honors. While attending Michigan State, Brett was awarded for his service in the Michigan State University College of Law Civil Rights Clinic, where he represented prisoners of the Michigan Department of Corrections from injustices brought upon them. Learn more.

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