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Michigan Wrongful Death Lawyer

Sometimes a car crash goes beyond injury. Sometimes people are killed.

In 2014, over 800 motorists were killed in Michigan alone. When a fatal accident happens, no fault auto insurance simply is not enough. Instead, the deceased’s family will need to file a wrongful death lawsuit.  A wrongful death lawyer in Michigan will be necessary to help you with that lawsuit.

Wrongful Death Liability

Unlike in no-fault auto insurance cases, liability can have a big effect on your wrongful death claim. If your loved one’s own mistake caused the crash it could cut his or her beneficiaries off from receiving any compensation. Even if both drivers were partially liable, your potential award could be severely limited.

That is why your Michigan wrongful death lawyer will review all the police reports, accident reconstruction reports, and photographs of the vehicles and the scene while investigating your case. After the lawsuit is filed, your legal team may hire experts to testify as to who was at fault and why.

Wrongful Death Damages

In a lethal car crash, the harm done changes. Instead of just tallying up medical expenses and time off work, as happens in a First Party Claim, your wrongful death attorney will help you put a money value on the loss of your loved one.

No amount of money will ever replace a spouse, parent, or especially child. But your family is entitled to compensation for your loss.That’s the job of a Michigan wrongful death lawyer – to help you identify and quantify your losses.

In a wrongful death action, you and your lawyer will seek compensation for:

  • Final Medical Expenses
  • Funeral Costs and Burial Expenses
  • Loss of financial support (including lost wages)
  • Pain and Suffering experienced by the deceased before death
  • Loss of companionship

Some of these damages will be easier to put a price tag on than others. Future damages like loss of earnings and loss of companionship will be based on a “mortality table” that offers statistical evidence of probable life expectancy. In other words, it’s a chart that tells lawyers and judges how long your loved one could reasonably be expected to live, had the accident never happened. The longer the person would have lived, the larger the appropriate award.

The decisions a family has to make in a wrongful death action can be incredibly emotional. That is why it is very important for anyone involved in a wrongful death claim to have a strong support system, including friends and family, counselors, and an expert legal team, to help you consider these issues from every angle.

The Michigan wrongful death lawyers at Christensen Law in Southfield, Michigan, are experts in auto accidents and wrongful death actions. They have been helping the families of fatal accident victims get the compensation they need for over twenty years. They understand the emotional toll a case like this puts on a family, and will help you get through the process as painlessly as possible.