Driving is dangerous—everyone knows that—but when people engage in risky driving behaviors, they make the situation even worse. If you’ve lost a loved one due to a reckless or careless driver, you are probably feeling angry and heartbroken about this needless loss.
No amount of money will ever erase what happened to your loved one, but compensation can allow you to turn your financial future in a more positive direction.
Call a Detroit fatal car accident lawyer for help with your wrongful death claim today. We can determine whether you have a case and how much your case is worth. Then, we can fight for the wrongful death compensation you’re owed.
Who Can File a Michigan Wrongful Death Claim?
In the state of Michigan, the law allows certain family members to seek compensation in a wrongful death case. The family must appoint a representative who will file the claim for them. The following are the family members of the deceased who may file for wrongful death under the law:
- The deceased’s spouse and children
- The deceased’s parents and grandparents
- The siblings of the deceased
- The children of the spouse of the deceased
If none of these family members are living at the time of the deceased’s wrongful death, anyone who has been listed in the deceased’s will (e.g., aunts, uncles, or cousins), as well as anyone allowed to inherit from the estate, can file for wrongful death.
Compensation for Wrongful Death
When your loved one has been injured or died in a Detroit auto crash that was due to someone else’s negligence, the responsible party can and should be held accountable. Most families who file wrongful death claims aren’t looking to “gain” from their loved one’s death. They are simply trying to retrieve compensation for the financial strain this horrible situation has caused them.
When a negligent driver has caused the death of your loved one, that driver should be held accountable for his or her actions. You can be compensated for the following in a wrongful death claim, depending on the circumstances of your case:
- Medical costs
- Burial and funeral costs
- Loss of the deceased’s income and contributions to your household
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium, companionship, care, and guidance
Contact a Detroit Fatal Auto Crash Attorney
When you’ve lost a loved one in a car wreck, it may seem like your entire world has come to an end. Nothing can heal the pain of losing your loved one, but you can alleviate some of the expenses and financial hardships your loved one’s death has caused.
Contact a Detroit fatal car accident lawyer who will fight for your rights as the family member of a wrongful death victim. We will do everything we can to ensure that you recover fair compensatory damages for your loss. Call Christensen Law at 248-900-9000 or complete the form below to schedule a free consultation.