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Detroit Wrongful Death Lawyer

If a fatal accident has caused your family to lose a loved one, you can seek justice through compensation. Get the help you need by working with a Detroit wrongful death lawyer.

The death of a loved one is never easy. But if that loved one died as a result of someone else’s negligence, an extra layer of grief is added to the situation.

In a wrongful death case, the negligent or intentional actions of a person or entity lead to someone’s death. Many cases can lead to these sad circumstances. Auto accidents, defective prescription drugs, poorly made products, and construction accidents are just a few examples. If your family member was the victim of wrongful death, you may not know the right course of action to take in order to get justice.

A Detroit wrongful death lawyer with David Christensen Law will know that this is not an easy situation. While the results of the fatal accident can’t be changed, the at-fault party needs to be held to account. Our firm will fight to get you the full compensation you’re owed so you can secure your family’s future.

Fatal Accident Examples

Your Detroit wrongful death lawyer will seek damages for the deceased’s family members. Cases in which a wrongful death might occur include:

  • Defective Products Before a product finds its way to shelves, it must be designed, manufactured, tested, and marketed. If at any point in this process the product is found to be unsafe, the company must pull the product from shelves or warn the public.
  • Worksite Accidents Nearly 5,000 workers died on the job in 2015. When third-party negligence or an employer’s malice or willful negligence are involved, your family might be able to seek justice through compensation.
  • Vehicle Accidents – If a loved one died in any type of motor vehicle accident caused by a negligent driver—be it with a bus, car, semi-truck, or motorcycle—you could file a wrongful death claim.
  • Pedestrian or Bike Accidents – Many people are opting for “green” transportation. But this also means that pedestrian and bike accidents are on the rise. In 2015, pedestrians and bicyclists accounted for nearly 18 percent of traffic fatalities.
  • Criminal Behavior – If someone’s criminal actions resulted in the death of a loved one—for instance, if a home invasion causes the victim to have a heart attack and die—the deceased’s family members may be able to file a wrongful death claim.

Who Can Sue for Wrongful Death in Michigan?

Michigan law limits which family members may seek compensation through a wrongful death claim. Eligible family members include:

  • Spouse and children
  • Siblings
  • Parents
  • Grandparents
  • Children of the deceased’s spouse
  • Anyone to whom the deceased left property in their will

In the event that none of these people are living and the deceased had no will, anyone who could have benefited from the deceased’s estate may bring a claim. This may include aunts, uncles, and first cousins.

Compensation for a Fatal Accident

Once a wrongful death case is filed, family members named in the will have sixty days to report how they have been harmed by the deceased’s passing. This affects the size of the wrongful death claim’s compensation. Some of the damages may include:

  • Medical expenses incurred while trying to save the victim
  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Any costs tied to damaged property
  • Lost wages and income the deceased would have brought the household, up to retirement age
  • Lost intangible benefits loved ones received from the deceased, such as guidance, care, and more
  • Pain and suffering of the deceased’s loved ones after the death

Even though the loss of a loved one due to wrongful death can cause immense pain, you must not wait too long before bringing legal action. In Michigan, the statute of limitations for wrongful death cases is three years. The sooner you contact a Detroit wrongful death lawyer, the more likely it is that evidence will be within reach and that the events will be fresh in the minds of witnesses.

Contact a Detroit Fatal Accident Lawyer

No one should lose a loved one due to the careless actions of someone else. David Christensen Law knows how hard this time is for you. And we will fight to get a full and fair settlement that reflects the many hardships you are facing.

Contact us today at 248-213-4900. You may also fill out our online contact form to arrange your free consultation with a Detroit wrongful death lawyer.