If your loved one’s death was caused by another, you may be eligible
to file a wrongful death claim. Wrongful death lawsuits are reserved for
the family members of individuals whose death was caused by the carelessness
or negligence of others. Because a deceased person is unable to fight
for justice or compensation for themselves, their family members may fight
on their behalf.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim?
In Michigan, a wrongful death claim can be filed by family members directly
affected by the death of their loved one. This can include the following
relations of the deceased person:
- Children and stepchildren
Anyone given property in the deceased person’s will may also be eligible
to receive compensation from a wrongful death claim. These rules may vary
slightly in each state, though the essential factors typically remain the same.
Common Types of Wrongful Death Lawsuits
A wrongful death lawsuit may be filed for any number of reasons. In any
case where the deceased person’s death was caused by carelessness,
negligence, or the fault of another, the guilty party could be held responsible
for the resulting damages. Wrongful death lawsuits may include cases of
car accidents, medical malpractice, premises liability, construction accidents,
slip and fall accidents, and more. In any situation, the liable party
may differ depending on the circumstances of the case. In car accident
cases, the driver or vehicle manufacturer may be liable. Likewise, in
a construction accident case the property manager might be to blame, or
the machinery supplier could be responsible.
Compensation for Damages
While no amount of money could ever compensate for the loss of a loved
one, financial support can help with a number of serious needs following
a sudden death.
Compensation for wrongful death damages can include:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Medical costs
- Loss of inheritance
- Value of the deceased person’s lost income
- Loss of companionship or care
- Pain and suffering of the deceased person
- Pain and suffering of mourning family members
In the event that damages will be awarded in a wrongful death case, Michigan
state laws require hospital, medical, funeral, and burial expenses be
paid first. After these expenses are covered, those named in the will
of the deceased person may then split the remaining damages award.
If someone you love died due to the negligence or carelessness of another,
our firm wants to help. Contact Goodman Acker P.C.
today to get started on your Detroit wrongful death case.