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.