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Helping Family Members After The Wrongful Death Of A Loved One

Losing someone you love is one of the most difficult and painful situations in a person’s life. Having to cope with the loss, and learning to move on is difficult, especially when the loss of a loved one was unexpected, tragic, and due to the negligence of a third party.

We understand that times like these, a family needs support, as well as legal advice on the best way to move forward. Having someone fight for you and your family is vital to getting back on your feet. Our team of dedicated lawyers is here to stick by your family during this process to make sure you are taken care of.

Bahrie Law, PLLC is here to support your family throughout the entire wrongful death claim process. Schedule your no cost, initial consultation online or by calling 888-473-1289.

Who Can Be Held Liable for Wrongful Death?

Whenever an individual passes away due to fault or negligence of another individual or entity, there may be grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit. Typically, these types of cases are filed against individuals, businesses, product, or service providers that are liable for the loss of life.

Common Causes of Wrongful Death Lawsuits

There are numerous grounds for filing a wrongful death lawsuit, including:

Who Has the Right to File A Wrongful Death Lawsuit in the State of Michigan?

The State of Michigan statute on wrongful death grants authority to family members to file a lawsuit for the wrongful death of another family member. This filing with the state is for compensation due to an accidental loss of life or deadly incident.

The State allows the claim to be filed by a:

  • Spouse
  • Parent
  • Sibling
  • Child
  • Grandparent
  • Grandchild

Additionally, individuals listed in a will or other binding documentation may be legally permitted to file a wrongful death claim.

How to File a Wrongful Death Claim

To officially file a wrongful death claim, the member filing must first be appointed the personal representative of the estate of the decedent. To become a personal representative of the estate of the decedent, one must follow procedures with the probate court in the county exactly where the decedent last was registered and living. One can also file in the county in which the loss of life occurred or where the lawsuit will be filed.

What Is the Compensation for a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Michigan?

Compensation for a Wrongful Death Lawsuit is divided into two categories, non-economic and economic losses:

  • Non-economic losses consist of emotional support, loss of companionship, comfort, moral support, “pain and suffering”. The time frame that is considered is from the moment of the loss of life, through the foreseen future.
  • Economic losses are those financially related expenses and impacts due to the loss of a loved one. These can include, loss of income or wages, loss of financial support, loss of work benefits, funeral expenses, mental health services, as well as the loss of the future services that loving individual would have provided to their family.

There is no calculator or written schedule to calculate compensation in these types of cases. The amount of compensation varies based on the impact to the family, both economically and non-economically. If a case like this goes to trial, a jury and judge will place a value for the compensation that they find adequate to help deal with the loss of that loved one.

Don’t delay on filing or speaking to an attorney about the loss of a loved one. Monetary compensation isn’t going to fix the pain or bring back a loved one, but it will help with some of the expenses and hardships that you will face. Most importantly, these lawsuits will help bring justice to the parties that were responsible for the loss of a loved one, as well as help prevent another accident like this from happening.

We Will Aggressively Fight for Your Interests

We are well trained and experienced in documenting and demonstrating the severity of your families’ loss. We are here to help you and your family get the justice and compensation that you deserve. No one deserves to lose a loved one due to the careless actions of another. Help us bring justice and call us today.

Our team is here to support and provide legal counsel to you and your family throughout the entire process. Schedule your initial consultation online or by calling 888-473-1289. We have offices in Lansing and Metro Detroit, and represent clients statewide.