Not all wrongful death cases must go to a court or trial. Civil cases can also be decided by mediation. Mediation happens when both parties involved agree to sit down and discuss the case while an impartial mediator or facilitator helps the conversation along. Many times, cases can be settled and damages awarded if the guilty party agrees to mediation and sits down to settle how much to pay. If you feel that a trial may not be the best situation for your case, ask your wrongful death lawyer about mediation.