When your legal opponent agrees to a settlement during your injury case, the legal battle isn't over. You need to assess the usefulness of the settlement against the upcoming costs in your life. Work performance, future career prospects and surprise medical costs as a result of the injury could make any finite amount of money a bad deal for you. As you work through the settlement process, consider a few life-changing negotiations that could enhance your way of living in the future.
Job Training And College Tuition For Safeguarding Your Future
After an injury, your means of earning a living may not be guaranteed. A finite settlement amount--no matter how tempting--may not be enough to protect your future. The medical costs, when combined with your cost of living and transition to an injured lifestyle--could consume most of the settlement amount and continue taking your own money.
Instead, push for a job training negotiation that prepares you for life after injury. Whether you're waiting on a disability claim, dealing with a smaller than expected disability or getting no disability at all, finding a career that is less stressful for your injury can keep your personal funds growing as you manage the settlement amount.
A job training and education negotiation could be a good way to make your legal opponent more agreeable in the injury case. By offsetting some of the settlement amount and instead tasking your opponent to find training for you by any means necessary, your opponent stands to spend less money while you receive an excellent service.
There are many ways that your legal opponent could secure an education for you. Grant writers could use your personal information to find matching scholarships and other financial assistant. A well-connected legal system could be able to find colleges, universities or job training centers willing to take you in as a regular student because of your injuries. Your injury alone may qualify you for training, but make sure that your opponent handles the paperwork and associated fees.
Affording An Education Transition
College isn't for everyone, but the earning power of a degree could bring in a lot of extra money per year. If studying just isn't your thing, it may be difficult to hold a steady job while making your way through a rigorous college or job training program.
Make sure that your legal opponent is aware of the difficulties and paying for your smooth transition. If you can earn a valuable degree and demand a higher salary--and with it, a higher quality of living--your opponent's legal requirements can become smaller if negotiated as such.
Before attending education and training programs, negotiate for a living stipend that will cover the needs of you and/or your family. There are programs in existence that can be copied for the same effect, such as the Department of Veterans Affairs' Montgomery GI Bill. The GI Bill pays at a certain rate that is considered close to middle class in most areas, and is adjusted for cost of living.
Using the same measurements, you could create a rough estimate of what your legal opponent should pay to keep you attentive and with less stress throughout college. For help with education, training and transition negotiations, contact a personal injury lawyer.