I had a personal injury settle funds involved in my divorce also. In Ohio this is considered to be non marital money. I proved that the down payment for our house came from this settlement.
I did get that, but then the judge proceeded to give her all other joint property (furniture, etc.) instead of dividing it equally.
It’s almost like the judge compensated her for giving me what was legally mine. I walk with a limp and have a metal rod in my leg and she has most of the belongs that was bought be my settlement.