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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 recovering financial compensation. Get the help you need by working with a Detroit wrongful death lawyer.

The death of a loved one is never easy. However, if that loved one died as a result of another party’s negligence, an extra layer of grief and confusion is added to an already difficult situation.

In a wrongful death case, the negligent or intentional actions of a person or entity lead to someone’s death. Many situations can lead to these unfortunate circumstances: vehicle accidents, defective prescription drugs, poorly made dangerous 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 understand that this is not an easy situation. While the results of the fatal accident cannot be changed, the negligent party needs to be held accountable. Our firm will fight to get you the full compensation you’re owed so that you can secure your family’s future wellbeing.

Fatal Accident Examples

Your Detroit wrongful death lawyer will seek to recover damages for the deceased’s family members. Scenarios in which a wrongful death might occur include all of the following:

  • Defective Products Before a product finds its way to shelves, it must be designed, manufactured, quality tested, and marketed. If at any point in this process the product is found to be unsafe, a company has the responsibility to pull the product from shelves or adequately 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 monetary 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 be eligible to file a wrongful death claim.
  • Pedestrian or Bike Accidents – Many people are opting for “green” transportation. Unfortunately, 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 example, if a home invasion causes the victim to have a heart attack and die—the deceased’s family members may be eligible 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 the following relatives:

  • Spouse and children
  • Siblings
  • Parents
  • Grandparents
  • Children of the deceased’s spouse
  • Anyone to whom the deceased left property in his or her 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 is eligible to 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 financially harmed by the deceased’s passing. This affects the size of the wrongful death claim’s compensation. Some of the damages that may be available are as follows:

  • Medical expenses incurred while attempting to save the victim
  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Any costs associated with damaged property
  • Lost wages and income the deceased would have brought the household, calculated up to retirement age
  • Lost intangible benefits loved ones received from the deceased, such as guidance, companionship, 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 tremendous pain, it’s important not to wait too long before bringing legal action. In Michigan, the statute of limitations for wrongful death cases is three years. The earlier you contact a Detroit wrongful death lawyer, the likelier it is that evidence will be readily available and that the events will be fresh in the minds of any witnesses.

Contact a Detroit Fatal Accident Lawyer

No one should lose a loved one due to the negligent actions of someone else. David Christensen Law understands how difficult this time is for you, and we will fight to get a full and fair settlement that reflects the many hardships you may now be facing.

Contact us today at 248-213-4900 or fill out our online contact form to arrange your free consultation with an experienced Detroit wrongful death lawyer.