There isn’t a moment that goes by that you don’t relive what happened to your child. Whether or not you were at the scene of the motorcycle accident, you think about your child’s pain and fear and it brings you to your knees. While your child’s fatal accident is always in your head, it is hard to talk about.
And So You Worry About Going to Court
You picture the inside of the courtroom and you imagine the defense lawyer saying things about your child that are difficult to hear. You don’t want your child’s name tarnished, you don’t want the facts to be mistaken, and you don’t want to put yourself or your family through the pain of such a proceeding.
Yet someone should pay for taking your child’s life. Someone should pay for the pain your child experienced, the opportunities he lost, and for the other damages caused by the accident.
Is a Settlement an Option?
Many wrongful death cases do settle before trial. It is possible that you will make a fair recovery without ever going to court. However, that doesn’t mean that you can just ask for a fair settlement and receive it. In most cases, you will have to fight for it. You, together with your lawyer, will have to present evidence and well-reasoned arguments to convince the insurance company that it is a good idea to settle. Additionally, you will need to convince the insurance company that you are not afraid to go to trial. Otherwise, the insurer may exploit your fear and try to get you to accept a lower settlement since they know you will not pursue a recovery in the courtroom.
Settling a case after the wrongful death of your child is one of the most important things that you will do. It may be difficult, but it can be done fairly if you do the research and understand how to advocate for your fair recovery.