Periodical payments how compensation is paid following a serious injury is a matter which requires serious consideration to ensure that there are sufficient funds available to meet an individuals long term needs at the conclusion of most successful personal injury compensation claims damages are paid by way of a single lump sum in a number of more serious personal injury claims however . As with many aspects of personal injury law there are exceptions to rules but in the main periodical payments are made in respect of higher value claims serious injury cases involving brain injury clinical negligence or injuries following a serious road accident will often result in high value claims. Periodical payments following personal injury and medical negligence settlements periodical payments following personal injury and medical negligence settlements in a lot of cases this settlement will be paid as a single lump sum payment however in claims involving more serious injuries where a claimant may have care or other future . The federal government passed the periodic payment settlement act of 1982 public law 97 473 to protect claimants awarded with cash sums from personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits from quickly depleting their assets and then falling on public assistance to meet their needs. For further guidance see interim payments in personal injury claims and applying for an interim payment order in personal injury claims periodical payments a periodical payments order will avoid any over compensation by the defendant and provide the claimant with the certainty of having sufficient funds to provide care for the duration of
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