(A) A decision of the attorney general, order of a court of claims panel of commissioners, or judgment of a judge of the court of claims granting an award of reparations may provide for the payment of the award in a lump sum or in installments. The part of an award equal to the amount of economic loss accrued to the date of the award shall be paid in a lump sum. An award for allowable expense that would accrue after the award is made shall not be paid in a lump sum. Except as provided in division (B) of this section, the part of an award not paid in a lump sum shall be paid in installments.
(B) Upon the motion of the claimant, the attorney general may commute future economic loss, other than allowable expense, to a lump sum but only upon a finding that either of the following applies:
(1) The award in a lump sum will promote the interests of the claimant.
(2) The present value of all future economic loss, other than allowable expense, does not exceed one thousand dollars.
(C) The attorney general may make an award for future economic loss payable in installments only for a period as to which future economic loss reasonably can be determined. An award for future economic loss payable in installments may be reconsidered and modified upon a finding that a material and substantial change of circumstances has occurred.
(D) An award is not subject to execution, attachment, garnishment, or other process, except that, upon receipt of an award by a claimant:
(1) The part of the award that is for allowable expense or funeral expense is not exempt from such action by a creditor to the extent that the creditor provided products, services, or accommodations the costs of which are included in the award.
(2) The part of the award that is for work loss shall not be exempt from such action to secure payment of spousal support, other maintenance, or child support.
(3) The attorney general may recover the award pursuant to section 2743.72 of the Revised Code if it is discovered that the claimant actually was not eligible for the award or that the award otherwise should not have been made under the standards and criteria set forth in sections 2743.51 to 2743.72 of the Revised Code.
(4) If the claimant receives compensation from any other person or entity, including a collateral source, for an expense that is included within the award, the attorney general may recover pursuant to section 2743.72 of the Revised Code the part of the award that represents the expense for which the claimant received the compensation from the other person or entity.
(E) If a person entitled to an award of reparations is under eighteen years of age and if the amount of the award exceeds one thousand dollars, the order providing for the payment of the award shall specify that the award be paid either to the guardian of the estate of the minor appointed pursuant to Chapter 2111. of the Revised Code or to the person or depository designated by the probate court under section 2111.05 of the Revised Code. If a person entitled to an award of reparations is under eighteen years of age and if the amount of the award is one thousand dollars or less, the order providing for the payment of the award may specify that the award be paid to an adult member of the family of the minor who is legally responsible for the minor's care or to any other person designated by the attorney general or panel of commissioners issuing the decision or order.
Effective Date: 07-01-2000