Birth injury lawyers like ourselves do our best to secure compensation for families that have been harmed by medical negligence. However, once the settlements are complete, families must shelter that compensation carefully so it is used for the right reasons.
A story from England is a case in point. Portsmouth reported that a caretaker stole more than £6,200 from an elderly woman with cerebral palsy. The victim was her boyfriend’s mother. She started caring for her after her husband died.
The caretaker had access to the victim’s bank accounts. The unemployed caretaker took the money over four months in small transactions, eventually overdrawing the account. That got the bank to contact the victim, who then told her son.
The son threw the caretaker out. Later, the caretaker was arrested. She denied taking the cash but then tried to say that she had permission and that she hadn’t been paid for her caretaking services.
The court wanted to send her to jail, but the law required the court to send her to a probationary program.
If you win a settlement, you should talk with your lawyer about ways to manage that money. For instance, you may need to put it into a trust that can only be used for medical treatment. That will prevent caretakers and family members from spending the money in ways that don’t help the victim.