Information Release

Contact: Hugh O. Strawn

Date: February 2, 2016

Wrongful Death: Building a Foundation for Settlement or Trial

Recorded PLRB Webinar Online

The recording of the recent PLRB Casualty Claim Challenges series, "Wrongful Death: Building a Foundation for Settlement or Trial," is now available online at

Wrongful death claims often involve a multitude of coverage, legal and damages measurement parameters. The applicable facts and related decision points pertaining to each parameter of a claim provide the foundation for any settlement offer or defense. Insurance professionals are better equipped for settlement negotiations or trial if they not only understand how each foundational parameter fits within the big picture of a wrongful death claim, but they also know the basic theory each parameter captures.

Josh Snell, a Partner of Jones Skelton & Hochuli, P.L.C., and Michael Haugen, CPA/CFF, CFE, a Manager of Financial Forensics at Epps Forensic Consulting, lead webinar participants through the interplay between foundational elements of a wrongful death claim and related settlement considerations.

Viewers of the recorded webinar will learn:

  1. Effective discovery strategies to posture their claims for early settlement;
  2. The four common components of a wrongful death economic damages measurement;
  3. How to identify potential strengths and weaknesses of a wrongful death economic damages claim; and
  4. How to prepare an initial record and information requests pertinent to a wrongful death economic damages claim.

The Property and Liability Resource Bureau offers monthly professional development webinars on a variety of subjects. The webinars are presented live. Recordings of the webinars are made available online at Attendance at the webinar, as well as viewing of the recordings, is available at no charge to employees of PLRB member insurance companies, as well as PLRB affiliate members.

The PLRB is an association of 900 property and casualty insurance companies. It is based in Downers Grove, Illinois.