You live with the pain every minute of every day. The loss of your loved one is with you all of the time. While you can’t escape the pain you also don’t want to talk about it if you can help it. You may be concerned that filing an Iowa wrongful death lawsuit will cause you to have to talk about your loved one’s death in open court. However, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim without having to sit in court hearing about your loved one’s death and testifying on the witness stand.
A Settlement Might Be Possible
The majority of wrongful death claims are settled before trial. That means that you may never have to listen to the gruesome facts about the accident in front of strangers and you may still get the fair recovery to which you are legally entitled.
While a responsible attorney cannot guarantee that you will settle your case, there are some tips that could make a settlement more likely. Those tips include:
- Having a realistic idea of what a fair settlement is for your loved one’s death. This may include compensation for medical expenses prior to death, funeral expenses, past and future lost income, and pain and suffering, for example.
- Presenting evidence to the insurance company in a clear and convincing way.
- Make sure the insurance company knows that you are willing to go to court to get fair damages, if necessary—even if it is the last thing you want to do.
Together, these tips can put you in a strong bargaining position and help you get the recovery that you deserve.