Virginia Beach Personal Injury Settlement Consulting

Everyone is susceptible to personal injuries due to another’s negligence. Unfortunately, the victims of these events may require planning to protect themselves against overspending or to preserve benefits they may receive and thus maximize personal injury settlements or awards. Virginia Beach personal injury settlement consulting becomes paramount, especially when an individual has special needs or is under guardianship.

Elder law attorneys provide advice to personal injury attorneys and their clients related to the funding options, the interplay of an established estate plan, potential lienholders, and the impact of public benefits post-settlement.

Protecting Public Benefits Post-Settlement or Award

It is an unfortunate fact that people who experience a personal injury may have suffered a disability as a result. Additionally, some victims may have had special needs prior to an accident. While it is important to seek compensation for their losses, it is important to protect against the effect the settlement will have on the individual.

The first step in personal injury settlement consulting is for an attorney to assess a client’s income, resources, and health and insurance needs. This helps determine what type of settlement tools may be necessary. Specifically, when accident victims are receiving Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid benefits, special considerations must be made to ensure these income and insurance sources are maintained. We often look to Settlement Protection Trusts, Special Needs Trusts, and Medicare Set-Asides in Virginia Beach to develop a plan that protects a settlement award or verdict while keeping these important benefits in place. Even more beneficial, we assist with advising on what additional benefits may be available and counsel families regarding how these tools operate.

A Need for Surrogate-Decision Makers

Many times, a victim of an accident is unable to navigate the complexities involved with litigation and must rely upon the assistance of others. If the client has capacity, then a power of attorney may suffice; however, there may be a need to have a guardian appointed.

Similarly, many people are unfamiliar with handling large sums of money. In fact, the majority of people who receive a sizable windfall have spent it all within a few years. This is usually the result of overspending and bad investments. By utilizing a trust, personal injury victims can receive professional advice and fiduciary services to ensure the money remains for years down the road to enhance an injured party’s quality of life.

Bringing a Virginia Beach settlement planning lawyer into a personal injury, medical malpractice, or wrongful death case early (i.e., before a settlement or verdict is received) allows the attorney to become acquainted with the client’s personal situation and investigate available options and properly advice clients, and their counsel, along the way as it pertains to issues associated with benefits and resolution.

Contact an Attorney Today to Learn More About Virginia Beach Personal Injury Settlement Consulting

Personal injury attorneys call upon a team to assist in various issues associated with a personal injury case. A personal injury settlement consultant is another member of the team that may help build a case and assess options available to promote stability during a case, but also to prevent disastrous results that detrimentally impact an injured party’s benefits.

A personal injury settlement consulting attorney can evaluate estate planning options, navigate guardianships when necessary, identify what public benefits may be available to provide income and health care during the pendency of litigation and how to establish eligibility, provide advice related to whether a trust is needed once funds are received, and who can serve as an appropriate fiduciary. Contact Parks Zeigler, PLLC, to learn more about Virginia Beach personal injury settlement consulting.

Areas We Serve

With an office near Town Center, Virginia Beach and a second location beside the Chesapeake courthouse, our team provides quality legal representation across the entire Hampton Roads Area.

  • Virginia Beach
  • Hampton
  • Chesapeake
  • Newport News
  • Norfolk
  • Yorktown
  • Portsmouth
  • Accomack County
  • Suffolk
  • Northampton County

Parks Zeigler, PLLC – Attorneys At Law

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Virginia Beach, Virginia 23462
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