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Helping Families in Detroit with the Grief of Losing a Loved One

Goodman Acker, Detroit’s
Trusted Wrongful Death Attorneys

Dealing with the death of a loved one is always a difficult and challenging experience. If your loved one died due to the negligence or carelessness of another, you may be feeling overwhelmed, confused, and even angry. You may be wondering how you will move forward after such a tragedy. While we cannot imagine how you feel, we have extensive experience handling wrongful death lawsuits in Detroit. If you have any questions, please call our founding partner Barry Goodman for free guidance on the legal process of a wrongful death case.

Take the first steps toward healing after the loss of your loved one. Contact our wrongful death attorneys today for a 100% free consultation to discuss your situation at 248-286-8100

3 Ways We Can Help Your Family with a Wrongful Death Case Now

No one plans for the death of a loved one with someone else to blame, but when the unthinkable happens, it’s important to have a knowledgeable Detroit wrongful death lawyer to help put your case on the right path for your family’s best possible outcome.

1. Schedule an appointment

The first step is to schedule a free consultation with one of our compassionate wrongful death attorneys. This is your opportunity to tell us how this heartbreaking event has affected you and what your goals and needs are for your family. We will listen and explain what options are available to you under Michigan’s wrongful death laws. The consultation is 100% free and without obligation. Call (248) 286-8100 or use our online contact form to schedule an appointment with us.

2. Get help with expenses and loss of income

At Goodman Acker, PC, our experienced Detroit wrongful death attorneys understand the financial and emotional toll that the death of a loved one can take on a family. You may be worried about funeral expenses or recent medical expenses, which are recoverable in a wrongful death lawsuit. We start by determining the loss of income, including how much the deceased was earning at the time of their death, how much they would have been able to earn in the future, and how much they contributed to the family’s maintenance, among other things. We will also calculate the amount of pain and suffering and loss of companionship that is part of your compensation. We will also put a stop to any bill collectors harassing you during this painful time.

3. We’ll take care of the legal process while you heal

After a loved one dies, the last thing you want to worry about is building a case and going to court. However, if the death was someone else’s fault, you may have to pursue legal action. Our Detroit wrongful death lawyers will handle everything for you so that you can focus on healing. We will gather evidence, investigate the cause of death, and build a strong case. We will also hire investigators, expert witnesses, and accident reconstructionists, if necessary. Once the investigation is complete, your attorney will begin to prepare all necessary documents and evidence against the responsible parties and negotiate for a favorable settlement.

If we are unable to reach a settlement, we will file a lawsuit and present your case to a jury in a trial. If we are successful, the jury will award you monetary compensation. This process can be complex and time-consuming but it is sometimes necessary to get the full amount of compensation that you deserve.

We understand the financial stress and anxiety that comes with losing a spouse or loved one. We are dedicated to providing outstanding client service and achieving the best possible results in wrongful death lawsuits. Contact us today for a free consultation at (248) 286-8100.

Why Choose Goodman Acker for Wrongful Death Representation?

Getting the Right Detroit Wrongful Death Attorney Near You

Every wrongful death case is unique, and your specific objectives and needs become part of the fabric of a tailored legal strategy to give you the best chance of achieving your goals and receiving a positive outcome to compensate you for your losses.

Goodman Acker has a 99% success rate in winning cases

When you are in a wrongful death lawsuit, the decisions made by a judge or jury will have a significant impact on your life. Having the right lawyer can mean the difference between winning and losing your case. Our wrongful death attorneys at Goodman Acker have a 99 percent success rate with the cases they take on – and we routinely take on cases that other attorneys won’t. It is a testament to our success in getting our clients the compensation they need and are entitled to receive.

We have won millions of dollars for our clients

We have recovered millions of dollars for our clients in Detroit and throughout Michigan. These multimillion-dollar awards and verdicts are the result of over 150 years of combined experience, creativity, compassion, and giving cases our full attention. Moreover, the results we’ve obtained for our clients are also due in part because we were prepared to go to trial, and we prevailed with a positive outcome.

Clear client communication

We know that our clients have a lot of questions, and we promise to answer them all directly and straightforwardly. Additionally, you can expect clear and open lines of communication with your assigned attorney, regular updates on the status of your case, and phone calls returned within 24 business hours. After suffering through the tragic event of losing a loved one, we want our clients to know their rights and feel empowered to pursue justice.

You deserve a better wrongful death attorney in Detroit

Goodman Acker, PC will continue its Legacy of Excellence and Award-Winning Trust from clients and the community by ensuring that people who wrongfully cause the death of others are held accountable to their victims’ families. The essential work of attorney Barry J. Goodman has earned him and his firm many awards and accolades such as:

  • Member of the Nation’s Top One Percent of Attorneys 2019 by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • The National Trial Lawyers – Top 100 Personal Injury Attorneys
  • Leaders in Law, Michigan Trial Lawyers Association
  • 10.0 Superb Avvo Rating
  • AV® Rating by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Inclusion on the Super Lawyers® list
  • Inclusion on the Michigan Lawyers Weekly 2021 Hall of Fame list

We understand the devastation that follows the loss of a loved one. Moving forward is not easy, and we can’t take all the pain away, but we can do what you expect us to do when it comes to getting a full and fair settlement and representing you and your family. 

We strive to get you the best possible outcome for your wrongful death case, no matter how complex it may be. Know your rights and options so you can make the best decision for yourself and your family. Contact Goodman Acker today to schedule a free consultation at (248) 286-8100.

Our Wrongful Death Attorneys in Detroit Answer Some Frequently Asked Questions

People, businesses, construction companies, and governmental agencies may be held liable if their actions result in a fatal accident. In addition to the emotional anguish caused by the loss of a loved one, families who are left to deal with the aftermath of a wrongful death accident often ask the following questions:

Michigan’s Wrongful Death Act is a law that permits the personal representative of the estate of a deceased person to bring a wrongful death lawsuit whenever the death of a person or injuries resulting in the death of a person have been caused by the wrongful act or negligence of another.

Juries in Michigan are instructed to give amounts that are “fair and just under all the circumstances” for such damages as:

  • Reasonable medical, hospital, funeral, and burial expenses
  • Reasonable compensation for the pain and suffering experienced by the decedent while they were conscious, during the time between their injury and their death
  • Losses suffered by the surviving spouse or next of kin as a result of the decedent’s death, including:
  • Loss of financial support
  • Loss of service
  • Loss of gifts or other valuable gratuities
  • Loss of parental training and guidance
  • Loss of society and companionship.

Yes. With over 1,000 people killed in motor vehicle crashes in Michigan every year, car accidents are a common cause of wrongful deaths. A wrongful death lawsuit can be against a negligent driver, an automobile manufacturer, or an entity responsible for maintaining a road or highway.

In addition to car accidents, bicycle accidents, police misconduct, defective products, medical malpractice, murder, truck accidents, aviation accidents, premises liability, boating accidents, and pedestrian accidents are grounds for wrongful death cases.  

In Michigan, the statute of limitations for filing a wrongful death claim is three years from the date of the decedent’s death.

If you’ve been injured due to someone else’s negligence, you need an experienced personal injury attorney on your side. We know how to handle complex cases, and we’re not afraid to take on the big insurance companies.

For compassionate and experienced Detroit wrongful death lawyers who are trusted to be there for you, contact Goodman Acker at (248) 286-8100

Attorney Barry Goodman


Barry J. Goodman has devoted his professional life to keeping courthouse doors open for victims seeking justice. Always a tireless advocate for his own clients, Goodman sees his responsibility as a Detroit personal injury attorney in a broader sense as well. [ Attorney Bio ]

Hiring Goodman Acker as Your Trusted Detroit Wrongful Death Lawyers

What Do We Want as Your Attorneys?

We put our clients first, because the survivors of wrongful deaths are not just clients — they are victims themselves, who are suffering immensely. Wrongful death accidents affect the people who were closest to the victims; they often depended on their deceased loved one to provide affection, comfort, and support.

We want you to get as much money as possible so you can provide for your family. Getting all the money that you are entitled to can help ease the financial burdens that come with losing part or all of the household income. No amount of money can bring your loved one back, but money is the only thing a court has to give in an attempt to put back what was lost. Getting the most money we can is important, because it means having more time to spend with your family since you may not have to work as much to make ends meet.

We know that when your life has been turned upside down due to a wrongful death, you are in a situation that you are completely unfamiliar with. We will never give up on helping you find solutions to get some relief.

For a 100% free, no-obligation consultation, contact our Detroit wrongful death lawyers at Goodman Acker by calling (248) 286-8100, chatting online, or by filling out our online contact form.