At Troy Law Firm, we're often involved in handling wrongful death claims. These types of claims, regardless of the cause of death, are fairly complex and always involve the court. For example, for an individual to even pursue the rights of the deceased individual, they need to be appointed by the county as the official representative of the estate. If this is not done, then the estate cannot act. The other thing that people involved in these types of cases need to remember is that when there's a settlement, the court ultimately has to approve that settlement that is reached on behalf of the estates. Though an attorney is also going to be involved in that process. If one of your loved ones has died as the result of the negligence of another, give us a call and we'd be happy to discuss your case. You can call us at 304-345-1122. Or you can look us up on the web at www.troylawwv.com.