How long do wrongful death cases take?

Wrongful death cases can resolve in a few months or sometimes take several years to resolve.
 
Here are some of the things that influence how long a case takes.
 
Amount of Insurance
 
Sometimes, the responsibility for the accident is clear but the “at fault” party has minimal insurance. In most cases, the other insurance will pay minimal limits upon demand.

On the other hand, there may be a case where there are minimal limits for the “at fault” party, but larger uninsured or underinsured motorist limits. In those cases,
The settlement for the “at fault” party typically happens very quickly (in a month or two) and there will later be an uninsured motorist claim which will take longer to resolve.

In a case where there is a large insurance policy ($250,000 or more) for the “at fault” Driver, the insurance typically does not offer to pay the policy limits until discovery is
Underway, that is until at least key depositions are taken.
 
Liabilty
 
Where responsibility of a wrongful death is contested, litigation will usually be necessary. In these cases, it can take months or even a year or two before the
Case is ready for trial.
 
Ridiculous Valuation of the Death
 
It’s sad but true that insurance companies and adjusters are often callous and offer nowhere near a fair case value when dealing with a wrongful death case.
When this occurs in our office, we immediately file suit and move the matter towards trial. It does not pay to negotiate when an insurer is acting in bad faith and
Simply to delay paying a valid claim.

If a loved one has died a wrongful death you may want to visit our page: Sacramento wrongful Death Attorney.
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