Most lawsuits, including wrongful death claims, are settled before trial. Some cases settle prior to the filing of a lawsuit, while others settle during the court proceeding or even at the courthouse door, just before trial. A wrongful death case, if it proceeds to trial, could last several years. One who pursues a wrongful death case should understand from the beginning that there is no guarantee of a quick resolution. However, a well-prepared case is often settled without ever having to go to court.