Losing a loved one is a challenging experience for anyone, no matter the context, but it can be even more devastating when you lose a loved one due to someone else’s dangerous, negligent, or malicious behavior. This is known as wrongful death, and Michigan provides a legal pathway for certain surviving family members and dependants to seek compensation for their loss through a wrongful death claim or wrongful death suit. While no amount of money can undo the pain of a Michigan wrongful death, survivors should not be left to take on the financial burdens caused by this loss when someone else caused it.
Working with a Michigan wrongful death lawyer provides several benefits to the survivors. Primarily, you and your family will be able to focus on healing without taking on the significant additional burden of handling a legal case, including going back through the details of the incident repeatedly as you work to build your wrongful death lawsuit. Additionally, you will likely be working against a defense attorney or law firm of defense lawyers who are focused on either altogether avoiding paying damages for your wrongful death case or paying as little as possible.
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Our law firm offers an initial consultation with our wrongful death lawyers so that you and your family can get a clear understanding of what to expect moving forward. And so we can discuss the way that we can best work together to get you the compensation you rightfully deserve for this tragic situation.
The uncertainty of your legal future can add to your anxieties and stressors. Still, when you have a wrongful death attorney handling your case and guiding you through this process, you can stay focused on your personal needs with the confidence that a legal professional is fighting for the compensation you are entitled to.
Contact us now to get started as soon as possible. We are ready to take your case and to fight for the money and justice you deserve after someone else’s dangerous or reckless behavior cut your loved one’s life short.
Filing a Wrongful Death Lawsuit or Claim in Michigan
In many ways, a wrongful death lawsuit is handled just like any other personal injury claim in Michigan, in that the process seeks to calculate the impacts of this tragic situation and quantify a dollar value that the victims (or, in this case, the surviving family members and beneficiaries) are owed for a range of damages. Depending on the situation, the surviving family members may be able to file a Michigan wrongful death claim either with the at-fault party’s liability insurance, or they may need to file a lawsuit directly against the party themselves.
In many instances, an attorney will attempt to handle wrongful death claims with the intent to settle out of court, saving time, money, and frequently eliminates the need for surviving family members to relive the terrible incident over and over again in front of a judge and jury. Unfortunately, settlements typically come in as less money than a lawsuit award might. Still, this difference is something that you will discuss with your wrongful death lawyers as you devise a strategy to work towards the best outcome for your situation.
Wrongful death lawyers understand how sensitive this time is in their clients’ lives and work to keep the stressful details about wrongful death claims from becoming overwhelming to their clients as they fight for a fair outcome. Whether you are working through a wrongful death suit or settlement negotiations with your wrongful death attorneys, they will be able to give you the space and time that you need. At the same time, they take care of administrative details and possibly contentious negotiations to get you the money you are entitled to.
Calculating Damages For a Michigan Wrongful Death Case
Wrongful death cases are similar to many other personal injury practice areas because the process seeks to calculate the impacts a victim suffered due to someone else’s negligent, reckless, or malicious behavior. The same is true with wrongful death claims. Still, some additional complexities and damages are specific to the individuals filing the claim, the relationship with the deceased, and the financial support that the deceased provided.
For example, a spouse who loses their loved one in a Michigan wrongful death will likely lose many financial supports, including the deceased’s income and their contribution to family costs and things like retirement and pensions, 401K contributions, and more. Your wrongful death attorney will work through each of these details as they pertain to your relationship with the deceased to ensure that you are not suffering the financial consequences of someone else’s dangerous behavior. While no money will undo the emotional consequences of this tragic loss, you do not deserve to take on the monetary impacts.
Economic damages are the damages in a personal injury case that have set and measurable monetary values, things like medical bills, lost wages, and more. In a wrongful death claim, these damages will include these short-term and immediate impacts. Still, they will additionally extend to the long-term effects such as overall contributions to retirement funds, tuition, and much more. Experienced wrongful death lawyers know how to calculate these damages to ensure that their clients get the money they deserve and not just the money that the insurer wants to payout.
Non-economic damages are the intangible impacts of an accident, like the pain and suffering of your loss, the emotional trauma that a survivor will suffer after the tragic loss of a parent, spouse, child, and many other impacts. Each of these damages is difficult to quantify, but wrongful death attorneys are highly skilled in this process and will reach a transparent and fair calculation for the money that the claimants are owed after losing a loved one. Unfortunately, insurance companies leverage claimants’ inexperience with handling these claims. They will reject their amateur calculations outright, but they know that lawyers will negotiate aggressively to reach a fair deal or file a lawsuit in the Michigan courts to get their clients’ justice.
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