What Takes Time in Wrongful Death Lawsuits

Complicated wrongful death lawsuits can take years to complete. There are many time-consuming steps involved, including:

Appointing a personal representative.
Gathering information on survivors and the cause of death.
Making a claim for damages and demanding a monetary settlement.
Filing a formal legal claim, or complaint with the court.
Discovery—getting statements and documents from the opposition.
Interviewing witnesses.
Holding a mediation conference to attempt resolution.
Taking the case to trial if necessary.
Appealing a decision in case of disagreement about the outcome.

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