No. The settlement will be paid to your attorney, who will hold the money in trust, deduct their fee and any expenses, and then pay the doctors (if hired by the firm for the case), and then pay you. You will only receive what's left after the other payments are handed out.
As Attorney Lee stated, you will be the last one getting paid after the attorneys fees, costs, payment to any medical providers pursuant to a medical lien or a subrogation right of recovery.
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I'm glad you've received an answer from an atorney in your own state. In the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the legislature passed a law requiring that no accident settlements can be paid by any insurance company until the settlement is reported to the Department of Revenue, which then checks to see if there is a child support lien and if there is one, this is enforced directly against the insurance company before the remaining settement funds are paid.
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