(735 ILCS 5/2-1708) (from Ch. 110, par. 2-1708)
    Sec. 2-1708. Basis for determining judgment to be entered. In order to determine what judgment is to be entered on a verdict requiring findings of special damages under Sections 2-1706 through 2-1718, the court shall proceed as follows:
    (1) The court shall apply to the findings of past and future damages any applicable rules of law, including set-offs, comparative fault, additurs, and remittiturs, in calculating the respective amounts of past and future damages each plaintiff is entitled to recover and each party is obligated to pay.
    (2) The court shall calculate the equivalent lump sum value of future damages in accordance with Section 2-1712.
    (3) Any contingent attorneys' fees shall be calculated based on the sum of the past damages recoverable and equivalent lump sum value of future damages recoverable. Any judgment for periodic installments must specify payment of attorneys' fees and litigation expenses in lump sum, separate from the periodic installments payable to the plaintiff, pursuant to an agreement entered into between the plaintiff and his or her attorney.
    (4) Upon election of a subrogee, including an employer or insurer who provides workers' compensation, filed within 10 days after verdict, any part of future damages allocable to reimbursement of payments previously made by the subrogee is payable in equivalent lump sum to the subrogee.
    (5) The court shall determine the amount of future damages to be awarded in equivalent lump sum. This amount shall be that part of the equivalent lump sum value of future damages which does not exceed $250,000. In the event that the equivalent lump sum value of the total amount of future damages recoverable is $500,000 or more, the court may, upon a showing by the plaintiff that he will incur greater expenses for future damages immediately after judgment in order to secure appropriate necessities including, but not limited to, equipment, supplies, medication, residence or other items, allow additional amounts of future damages to be awarded in equivalent lump sum value so that the total amount awarded in equivalent lump sum is sufficient to secure the aforementioned items, but in no event shall any increase under this sentence cause more than 50% of the equivalent lump sum value of total future damages recoverable to be awarded in lump sum. The amount of future damages awarded in equivalent lump sum shall be added to the total amount of past damages recoverable and this total shall be known as the present award. The periodic award shall consist of the total amount of future damages without reduction to an equivalent lump sum value, reduced in the proportion that the equivalent lump sum value of the amount of future damages included in the lump sum present award bears to the equivalent lump sum value of the total amount of future damages.
    (6) Any attorneys' fees and litigation expenses shall be allocated proportionately between the amount of the present award and the amount of the periodic award.
    (7) The court shall enter judgment in lump sum for the present award including that portion of attorneys' fees and litigation expenses allocable to the present award, for amounts payable under subsection (4), and for that portion of attorneys' fees and litigation expenses allocable to the periodic award.
    (8) The court shall enter judgment in accordance with Section 2-1709 for the payment in installments of the periodic award, less that part of future damages allocable to reimbursement of payments previously made by a subrogee under subsection (4), and less that portion of attorney's fees and litigation expenses allocable to the periodic award.
    (9) In an action for wrongful death, the calculation of all amounts, values, and awards under this Section must be based on the total recovery for all beneficiaries of the action.
    (10) Upon petition of a party before entry of judgment and upon a finding of incapacity to post the required security, the court, at the election of the plaintiff or beneficiaries in an action for wrongful death, shall:
    (i) enter a judgment in accordance with subsections (7) and (8); or
    (ii) determine the equivalent lump sum value under Section 2-1712 in the amount otherwise to be paid in periodic installments under subsection (8) and enter judgment for that equivalent lump sum value and for those amounts payable under subsection (7).
(Source: P.A. 84-7.)