Lawsuit Money

Written by Patricia Tunstall
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Lawsuit Money for Pending Cases

Lawsuit money from litigation financing groups is strictly for certain expenses incurred before any settlement or judgment. Some groups restrict the funds to personal expenses along the lines of medical bills, but others insist the funds go only for legal expenses, such as depositions. Regardless of the constraints, lawsuit money that is advanced to the plaintiff is for the continuance of a claim that would otherwise be dropped for lack of funds.

Pending cases--pre-settlement cases--must involve civil issues, not criminal. Typical claims include wrongful death, medical malpractice, employment discrimination, and personal injury. Each of these would have a different set of facts, since human affairs are complex, but the legal category itself is what determines whether it is civil or criminal.

What Do They Mean?

What is a "wrongful death"? First, it is the death of a family member due to the wrongful act or negligence of another person or business. The family would be suing for the economic loss that results from the death, perhaps of the breadwinner. Medical malpractice is the intentional or negligent conduct of a health professional. The classic story of surgical scissors being left in a patient after an operation illustrates malpractice.

Employment discrimination could involve several types of discrimination based on sex, age, race, or religion. Personal injury is a broad group of claims ranging from common slip-and-fall cases in supermarkets to getting hit with a baseball bat during practice. It is any injury to yourself (body, mind, emotions) rather than to your property. Such civil cases would be considered for lawsuit money and plaintiff funding.

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