Structured Settlement Guidepost

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Structured Settlements in the United Kingdom

England and Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland

The Acts covering the award of structured settlements in the United Kingdom are the Damages Act 1996 and the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988. Section 3 does not extend to Scotland (see below); otherwise the Damages Act 1996 applies to the whole of the United Kingdom. Tax advantages are granted on that part of the settlement which is to be paid in instalments.

Annuitants are protected against liquidation of the insurer by the provisions of the Policyholders Protection Act 1975 (Sections 10 and 11) to the full amount of the liability, benefit or value of the annuity - Damages Act 1996, Section 4 - (1).

A court may only make an order for a structured settlement to form all or part of the damages awarded "with the consent of the parties" - Section 2 - (1). This has, on occasion, led to courts being unable to award a structured settlement because the defendant (in these circumstances, usually an insurance company) has not agreed to it. Because of this, it has been suggested that the power of the courts should be extended to enable structured settlements to be imposed.

Section 3 deals with what happens if someone who has been awarded provisional damages and then dies as a result of their injuries. In this case actions may be brought under the Fatal Accidents Act 1976, or in Northern Ireland under the Fatal Accidents (Northern Ireland) Order 1977. Any compensation so awarded must take account of loss of support to dependents.

Section 6 of the Damages Act deals with those who receive their structured settlement payments from a Government department instead of from an insurance company.

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Saturday, January 06, 2007

Bring me the head of a personal injury claim lawyer!

Suffering from fear of lawyers? Then learn enough to ask some pointed questions about your personal injury damages annuity. Read more, get some confidence and look them in the eye...... visit the Structured Settlement Guidepost.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Shock Horror Revelation for Personal Injury Lawyers

Here's a little shocker for those lawyers amongst you not lucky enough to be citizens of New Zealand............

"New Zealand is highly unusual in its treatment of personal injury damages claims. Civil lawsuits for personal injury simply cannot be brought, so those who cause personal injury to others in New Zealand cannot be sued." Not under New Zealand law, anyway. Read more here:

Saturday, October 07, 2006

General Information on Structured Settlements.

General Information on Structured Settlements.: "'A widely cited pre-1975 study by the American life insurance industry indicated that: within 2 months of settlement (award, lotteries, sweepstakes, insurance, inheritances, etc.), 25% of the recipients had nothing left. By the end of the first year, 50% had nothing left. By the end of the first 2 years 70% had nothing left, and within 5 years of settlement 90% had nothing left.' **"

Saturday, September 30, 2006

Structured Settlements Explained

Structured Settlements Explained: "So what exactly is a structured settlement?

Also known as periodic payments, structured settlements are a means of compensating personal injury claimants in such a way that they have a long-term income instead of being awarded a lump sum. They are in fact a form of specialised annuity contract."

Friday, September 01, 2006

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Wednesday, July 19, 2006

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