My friend used to be a plaintiffs personal injury attorney, and he told me this story today about how he "lost" his client some money.
The client was trying to use his kid to get money from a car accident. Didn't just take the kid to the ER, he took the kid to a chiropractor, tried to act like the kid was real hurt. (Pro tip – kids don't get the kinds of soft tissue injuries that adults and especially the elderly can get.)
So my friend does some extra negotiating, and gets most of the settlement money paid to the kid. His client doesn't realize until after the papers were signed that most of "his" money was going to sit in the courts registry and go to his kid when he turns 18. He got angry, and my friend was like, "I thought that's what you wanted, I got a lot of money for your kids injuries."