This segment of The Law and You features personal injury trial lawyer Don Corson discussing case situations where his firm has represented injured children.
JOEL This is Joel Block for The Law and You with Eugene attorney Don Corson. Don, what happens when a personal injury claim is needed for a child?
DON: Joel, we’ve represented many injured children. The court appoints a Conservator to protect the child’s legal interests when the case is filed. That person makes sure the claim is prosecuted solely for the benefit of the injured child. Any settlement must be approved by the court. Any dispersement of funds must also be approved by a judge to make sure that the money is used only for the injured child. For instance a parent may ask if the money can be used for time they missed from work. The answer is generally, no. Sometimes the child has serious permanent injuries, so the settlement needs to last them the rest of their lives. In those cases, we usually arrange for the insurance company to make life- long periodic payments, so that the injured person is properly cared for.
JOEL: Thanks, Don. If you have a legal question or for a copy of How to the Law Works, visit CorsonJohnsonLaw.com. The Law and You is a public service and does not replace the advice of an attorney.
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