We have answers to the top 16 frequently asked questions about pre-settlement legal funding.

Signal Funding is straightforward. We’ll answer any questions you may have about pre-settlement legal funding, also known as lawsuit funding and lawsuit cash advances. Here are the top 16 most frequently asked questions about legal funding, but if you have others, please contact us. We’d be happy to help in any way we can.

Simply complete the application, or call us and we can complete the application with you over the phone. It only takes about a minute.

There is no application fee. It costs you nothing to apply to see if you qualify for a cash advance.

You can potentially receive between $500 – $500,000.

You can get the money on the same day!

You don’t. Your attorney will. When your case settles, your attorney will pay us back out of the money you get from your settlement award. This is not a loan where you have to make monthly payments – there are no installment payments. It is no-risk, so if you lose your case, you owe us nothing and you get to keep the money you already received.

No. It’s confidential. Only you and your attorney will know.

No. Your credit rating (credit score) doesn’t matter.

No, unless you reside in the State of South Carolina. If you do not  live in South Carolina, pre-settlement funding is “non-recourse,” meaning you only pay us back if you win your case or obtain a settlement. The transaction is considered a purchase of a part of your future expected settlement award.

If you reside in South Carolina, your pre-settlement funding agreement is considered a non-recourse loan. This means while your transaction is a loan, you only pay us back if you win your case or obtain a settlement.

If you don’t recover anything from your case, you owe us ZERO! Yes, Nada.

Personal Injury Case Types Funded:


  • Car/Motor Vehicle/Automobile Accidents
  • Workers’ Compensation (Workers’ Comp) Claims
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Premises Liability / Slip and Fall
  • Animal (Dog) Bites
  • FELA – Workers Comp for Railroad Workers
  • Jones Act – Workers Comp for Merchant Marine Workers
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Nursing Home Negligence
  • Prescription Drug Litigation
  • Product Liability & Recall
  • Commercial Trucking
  • Wrongful Death
  • Mass Torts (includes Hip Recalls, Mesothelioma Lung Cancer, Airbag Recalls, and other product recalls)
  • Sexual Abuse

Competitive rates. Straightforward pricing with NO hidden fees. We understand our customers’ needs. The Signal Team will always treat you with respect and courteous service and do everything we can to fund you in less than 24 hrs.

Yes, your case has to be represented by an attorney.

In all states, but Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia.

Complete an application, we speak to your attorney, and we send you the money!

There are 3 basic qualifications for approval:



  • The Extent of your Injuries – Physical, Mental & Recovery
  • Actual Liability – Who’s at Fault?
  • Defendant’s Ability to Pay – Is there Insurance Coverage?


One of the first  questions we’re asked when speaking with a new client is, “how do I know if I qualify?” That’s a great question! The qualifications to get approved for a pre-settlement legal funding are pretty straightforward, and will depend  on the strength of your case against the defendant (the person(s) who is at fault for the accident) and what the chances are that you’ll win your case.


What determines the strength of your case?There are three basic, but broad qualifying factors that we review to determine the quality of your case and if we can approve you for funding.


Qualification #1: The Extent of Your Injuries

The “extent of your injuries” includes not only the direct physical and/or mental injuries, but also how have those injuries impacted your daily routine.


The physical injuries are fairly evident rather quickly after an accident and those can be objectively determined and treated by a physician. With your physical injuries, you may also have suffered emotional and/or mental trauma. This is not as easily documented or supported, and may not even show up for months after the accident occurred.


The extent of your injuries also includes the negative impact those injuries have had on other areas of your life. For example, did the injuries prevent you from working? Did they directly and negatively impact your relationships? Did they take away your ability to walk, see, or eat?


All of these injuries must be proven to be a direct result of the accident. Other information that can be included in the “extent of your injuries” can be the length of time to recover and the medical costs incurred for treatment.


It is safe to say that the greater the extent of your injuries, the more valuable your case will be and this will greatly aid the chances of winning your case, which, as we said, is vital to being approved for a pre-settlement legal funding.


Qualification #2: Actual Liability

The second consideration to qualify and be approved for a pre-settlement legal funding is the degree of liability of the defendant. Is the person who you are claiming is at fault for causing the accident actually the person who is responsible? This can be more complicated than it sounds. However, without going into extreme examples to illustrate how complicated it can be, let’s just state that the person you are claiming as the defendant – the one who you’re saying is at fault – needs to be directly responsible for the accident. A simple example is a car accident. A car runs a red light and t-bones another car. The driver of the car that ran the red light is the one responsible and liable for the accident, and you have witnesses to support their fault and responsibility. In this case, this is sufficient to qualify for a pre-settlement legal funding. On the other hand, for our example, trying to blame the car maker or the manufacturer of the car’s brakes would be very weak liability, and likely wouldn’t qualify for a legal funding


Qualification # 3: Ability to Pay

This is the most direct, and arguably the easiest to determine variable when deciding if you qualify for a pre-settlement legal funding. Having said that, it is also the most critical qualification – the ability of the defendant to pay for any damages awarded in a legal settlement. Quite simply, if an accident causes significant property (or other) damages, but the responsible person has no money (or insurance) to pay for the damages, then there is not much hope to collect. If there is a low chance of collecting on any award, then you would not qualify for a legal funding. The easiest example would be a car accident with an uninsured motorist.


If you get hit by a car and the person that hit you doesn’t have any insurance, then the odds of collecting any sum of money to pay for your car repairs and/or doctor bills aren’t very high and therefore, unless they were wealthy enough to pay for the damages out-of-pocket, your application for a legal funding would be denied.


These three qualifications are at the heart of any decision to fund a personal injury case or not, however there may always be an exception to the rules. At Signal, our staff can determine quickly if you do qualify and are approved for a legal funding. While most of the time we need to speak with your attorney to confirm the details, generally speaking we often have a pretty good idea during our first conversation. If you are waiting for your lawsuit to settle but need money soon to help with the monthly bills, give us a call.


If you’re unsure if you qualify after reading this, give us a call anyway. We are  happy to discuss your situation with you. The phone call is free and it is free to apply, so don’t rule yourself out without first talking to us.


Call us at 1-800-635-1167. The phone call is free, and there is no cost to apply or simply see if you  qualify. Call now.


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