I WANT TO SETTLE MY CASE BUT REQUIRE THE DEFENDANT TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE COST OF MY FUTURE MEDICAL CARE. CAN THAT BE DONE?
As a practical matter, that can almost never be done. When a defendant settles
a case, they are doing just that: settling. They do not want to have contingent and unknown risks and they do not want to have to keep their file open for years to come. If the case goes to trial, the jury will award a lump sum which will include an allowance for all future damages. This money can then be invested by you or a structured settlement\annuity can be arranged, so that you will receive monthly or other periodic payments as needed.