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Michigan Wrongful Death Laws Protect Those Who Lose Loved Ones in Crashes

By Lipton Law on November 28, 2011 - No comments

Michigan’s no-fault insurance laws prevent most people injured in car accidents from filing lawsuits in court to seek compensation. Instead, most people are expected to work out the situation with their insurance companies. When a family member suffers fatal injuries in a car accident, however, the survivors may bring a wrongful death claim to court in order to seek compensation.

A wrongful death suit can be filed by the personal representative of the deceased person’s estate. The personal representative is responsible for “wrapping up” the estate after death, a responsibility that includes the power to sue if someone else’s negligent or intentional acts may have caused the deceased person’s untimely demise. The personal representative brings the case to court on behalf of the deceased person’s spouse and/or next of kin.

In a wrongful death case based on a car accident, the family may be able to recover damages to pay the lost loved one’s final medical bills, funeral and burial expenses, lost wages, and an amount for the loss of the deceased person’s care, companionship, guidance, and emotional support. If the fatal crash involved a drunk driver, the family may also be able to seek compensation under Michigan’s dram shop law.

When a car accident takes the life of a loved one, it feels as though the world has turned upside down. At Lipton Law, our experienced Southfield car accident wrongful death attorneys are dedicated to helping families handle everything from insurance claims to courtroom trials, giving you the space you need to honor your lost loved one and to move forward after a crash. For a free and confidential consultation, call us today at (248) 557-1688.

 

Wrongful Death Claims May Help Families Who Lose Loved Ones in Traffic Accidents

By Lipton Law on November 9, 2011 - No comments

In Michigan, most car accident injuries are covered by the no-fault auto insurance of those involved in the crash. When an accident causes death, however, those left behind may choose to sue anyone who caused or contributed to the fatal crash. Known as “wrongful death” claims, these cases help families seek the compensation they need after losing the care, companionship, and support of a loved one.

Michigan law allows the personal representative of a deceased person’s estate to bring a wrongful death claim on behalf of the estate, the deceased person’s spouse, or the next of kin. These claims may be combined with negligence or other claims into one case, which helps the family save time, money, and energy. The family may seek damages to pay for things like medical bills, lost wages, and funeral and burial expenses, as well as for less tangible items like the loss of the care, companionship, guidance, and emotional and moral support the lost loved one would have provided were it not for the accident.

Wrongful death claims after a traffic accident can also be brought if the person whose negligence caused the death also lost his life in the crash. In this case, the estates will meet in court, but the damages awarded, if any, still goes to the family of the wrongfully deceased person.

No amount of money can restore a lost loved one to life, but damages can help a family meet its needs after an unexpected loss. If you or someone you love has been injured or lost in a car crash, the experienced Michigan traffic accident wrongful death attorneys at Lipton Law can help. To discuss your legal rights and options, call us today at (248) 557-1688 for a free and confidential consultation.