What is a Structured Settlement
by: Amit Laufer
A Structured Settlement is an agreement between a personal injury victim ( a Plaintiff ) and an Insurance company ( the Defendant ) to compensate the Plaintiff by the defendant with long term periodic payments instead of a single cash lump sum.
Payments can be tailored to each individual plaintiffs needs, to help meet expenses such as on-going medical and living expenses, education, children needs & support etc’ The fixed annuity payments are tax-free to the claimant, a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) feature is available, that can help offset the effects of inflation over time, payments can continue as long as the claimant lives thus providing him the maximum benefits.
Structured settlements are encouraged by plaintiffs lawyers, Courts, ...