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.