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RESOLVING VICTIMS OF CRIME COMPENSATION, STATE WORKERS’ COMPENSATION CLAIMS, AND FEDERAL EMPLOYEE COMPENSATION ACT LIENS IN PERSONAL INJURY CASES

by Thomas D. Begley, Jr., CELA   Victims of Crime Compensation In New Jersey, certain victims of crime are entitled to compensation under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Act of 1971.[1] The Act covers individuals injured or killed by any act or omission of any other person, which is within the description of offenses listed within…

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ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF STRUCTURED SETTLEMENTS

by Thomas D. Begley, Jr., Esquire, CELA Advantages of Structured Settlements There are a number of potential benefits to an injured plaintiff in utilizing a structured settlement: Fiscal Restraint. The structured settlement prevents the injured plaintiff from squandering the settlement. Many clients receiving personal injury settlements have never had money, have never learned financial discipline,…

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My client has received a personal injury settlement. How can a Personal Injury Settlement Consultant help me strategize about other factors such as taxes, estate planning, and investing?

The previous discussions went over the importance of a Personal Injury Settlement Consultant and other benefits. This blog highlights additional factors to be considered, including: • Medical Coverage. Medical coverage is often a big issue for plaintiffs in personal injury cases, because they have preexisting conditions. A Personal Injury Settlement Consultant, such as Begley Law…

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Avoiding The Unnecessary MSA: Obtaining An Opinion Letter

Since the advent of Section 111 of the Medicare, Medicaid and SCHIP Extension Act of 2007, defendants and defense counsel are more vigorous in ensuring that all Medicare liens are paid in full from settlement proceeds and that a Medicare Set Aside Arrangement (MSA) is established where required. Unfortunately, since this area is new, many…

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