Losing a loved one due to the negligent actions of another person is a crushing experience. On top of the emotional pain, you also have to go through the financial burdens associated with the loss of your loved one. With many emotions running through your mind, the last thing you want to think of is starting a lengthy legal battle.
However, it’s essential to remember that you not only deserve compensation for your loss but also justice for what happened.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim?
In Michigan, if a claim involves a death “caused by wrongful act, neglect, or fault of another,” it may be brought to court as a wrongful death case. A wrongful death lawsuit is a civil lawsuit that can be filed on behalf of the family members of the deceased.
It’s important to note that while family members are allowed to recover damages in a wrongful death claim, Michigan law limits which family members may recover damages.
The following members can seek compensation:
- Spouse and children
- Parents and grandparents
- Brothers and sisters
- Children of the deceased’s spouse
- Anyone receiving property in the deceased’s will
What Damages are Available for Recovery?
Damages that may be available in a Michigan wrongful death case include:
- Medical costs
- Funeral expenses
- Lost wages (both, current and future)
- Pain and suffering experienced by the deceased during their final moments
- Pain and suffering experienced by family members as a result of the loss
- Loss of care, companionship, and enjoyment
Michigan’s wrongful death law requires medical expenses and funeral/burial costs to be covered if damages are awarded in a wrongful death case. The remaining damages are then broken up among the individuals named in the deceased’s will.
How Long Do I Have to File?
According to Michigan law, a wrongful death claim must be filed within three years of the date of death. Failing to file before this deadline may lead to the case being barred from court.
At White Law, our team of experienced Okemos wrongful death attorneys has helped countless individuals pursue the compensation they deserve following the unexpected loss of a loved one. We understand that working through a personal injury lawsuit may be the last thing on your mind, but you deserve justice and compensation for your loss.
Give our team a call today (517) 316-1195 to discuss your situation over a free, confidential case evaluation.