What is meant by mediation?
Mediation is a formal procedure through which parties to a lawsuit submit their arguments to an uninvolved person such as a retired judge or an attorney trained in the mediation process. Mediation is initiated either by one or both of the parties or by the trial judge. Both sides present their cases in condensed form to the mediator who helps the parties reach a settlement. The information exchanged in the mediation conference is confidential and cannot be used later at the trial. If the parties do not settle, then the matter is tried. What is a wrongful death claim? Answer: This is a claim arising from the death of an individual caused by the conduct of another. Who can file a wrongful death suit? Answer: Section 537.080 provides that one action may be filed against a defendant by close family members such as spouse, parents or children. If the deceased is survived by siblings but not a spouse, children or parents, the siblings are entitled to file suit. What damages are recoverable i