How do you find out if someone received a settlement from a lawsuit?
Is there anyway to find out if my sister got lawsuit money? My mom was a passenger in a car accident. The kid who caused the accident had no insurance, no license, not the owner of the car, etc. His girlfriend died on the scene. My mom suffered; her leg was shattered among other problems. She was air flown to the medical facility. They put steel rods and pins in her leg. After coming home took she had go to to another hospital. Due to a bad infection her leg had to be amputated (should have been done in the beginning). Mom died as a result of infection a couple days later. My oldest sister who hasn't had anything to do with mom in years showed up and took over. The lawyer said can go after kid or take the $25 uninsured motorist insurance from driver of car mom was in. My sister took the $25,000. The lawyer and funeral were paid. The remainder was prorated to medical bills. Brother and sister all fighting now. One brother says that sister got another lawsuit for $65,000. Is that possible? Is there anyway to find out? Accident in MO; mom lived in AR; sister lives in TX; and the medical facility is in TN.
Since the auto accident case was settled with the insurance carrier, there would not have been any lawsuit filed in that case.
A lawsuit may have been filed by your sister in a wrongful death/medical malpractice case on behalf of your mother. A lawsuit can be filed where the plaintiff resides, where the defendant resides or in this case where the negligence/medical malpractice occurred. For convenience purposes such as court appearances, the lawsuit was most likely filed in TX where your sister lives instead of TN where your mother's medical treatment occurred. If your sister filed the lawsuit in her own name, it was probably filed in TX. If your sister filed the lawsuit on behalf of your mother's estate, there is a possibility the case may have been filed in AR, but given the family discord, your sister probably filed in her own name and not on behalf of your mother's estate.
If a lawsuit was filed for example in TX, you would need to have someone in TX go to the court and look in the court's computer for your sister's name under plaintiffs in the plaintiff/defendant index. That will give you the name of the case and the case number. Once the case number is known, it can be presented to the court clerk in person and the court clerk will provide the file. This has to be done in person because the court will not allow the original file to leave the court. Copies of the file can be provided to you.
If no lawsuit was filed by your sister in TX, you could use the same procedure for the court records in AR and TN, but most likely your sister would have filed the lawsuit in TX.
In the AR court records, if your sister filed on behalf of your mother's estate, look for Estate of (your mother's name) under plaintiffs in the plaintiff/defendant index.