§55-7-7. Compromise of claim for death by wrongful act.
The personal representative of the deceased may compromise any
claim to damages arising under section five of this article before
or after action brought. What is received by the personal
representative under the compromise shall be treated as if
recovered by him in an action under the section last mentioned.
When the judge acts in vacation, he shall return all the papers in
the case, and orders made therein, to the clerk's office of such
court. The clerk shall file the papers in his office as soon as
received, and forthwith enter the order in the order book on the
law side of the court. Such orders, and all the proceedings in
vacation, shall have the same force and effect as if made or had in
term. Upon approval of the compromise, the court shall apportion
and distribute such damages, or the compromise agreed upon, after
making provisions for those expenditures, if any, specified in
subdivision (2), subsection (c), section six of this article, in
the same manner as in the cases tried without a jury.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2012 1st Special Session