I am a Tennessean. I was received some broken bones in a car wreck earlier this year. I spent a couple days in the hospital and missed six weeks of work. The case was just settled and I received a check for a significant amount of money. Do I have to pay income taxes on the money I received?
No, you do not have to pay federal income tax on the money you received
As of today (and for many, many years) there is a special federal law that permits people who receive money in personal injury cases where there has been physical harm to exclude the monies received in a settlement or lawsuit from their income for federal income tax purposes. You do not need to report it to the government and you do not need to report it.