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How Pre-Settlement Funding Affects Your Settlement

Pre-settlement funding impacts settlement amounts, negotiation power, and defendant's perception. It has high costs but can cover expenses.

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Pre-settlement funding can provide much-needed financial relief for plaintiffs, but it also has implications for the final settlement amount. This article explores how pre-settlement funding affects settlements and what plaintiffs should consider before pursuing this option.

Impact on Settlement Amount

  1. Repayment from Settlement
    • The funding company's advance, along with fees and interest, is repaid from the settlement proceeds. This reduces the amount the plaintiff ultimately receives.
  2. Negotiating Power
    • Financial stability from pre-settlement funding can enhance a plaintiff's negotiating position, potentially leading to a higher settlement offer.
  3. Perception by Defendants
    • Defendants may perceive funded plaintiffs as less desperate for a quick settlement, which can influence their settlement strategy.

Financial Considerations

  1. Cost of Funding
    • High fees and interest rates associated with pre-settlement funding can significantly impact the net amount received by the plaintiff.
  2. Budgeting for Repayment
    • Plaintiffs should budget for the repayment of the advance and associated costs when evaluating potential settlement offers.

Strategic Use of Funding

  1. Covering Immediate Expenses
    • Using pre-settlement funding to cover essential expenses like medical bills and living costs can prevent financial hardship and allow plaintiffs to pursue their case without undue pressure.
  2. Strengthening Case
    • Financial stability from funding can enable plaintiffs to afford necessary legal and medical experts, strengthening their case and potentially leading to a higher settlement.

Risks and Drawbacks

  1. High Costs
    • The high cost of pre-settlement funding can outweigh the benefits if not carefully managed.
  2. Potential for Reduced Settlement
    • If the settlement amount is lower than expected, the repayment obligation can leave plaintiffs with minimal remaining funds.
  3. Complexity of Terms
    • Plaintiffs must fully understand the terms of the funding agreement to avoid unexpected financial burdens.

Pre-settlement funding can affect the final settlement amount in several ways, both positively and negatively. Plaintiffs should carefully consider the costs, benefits, and strategic implications of pre-settlement funding to make informed decisions that best support their financial and legal needs.