Accident Resource Center of Michigan
Wrongful Death refers to an unnecessary and tragic fatality which entitles compensation to the survivors of the victim who dies due to the carelessness or negligence of another individual, a company or municipality. Under Michigan law:
- An action is brought by the estate to compensate the estate for medical bills, pain and suffering and loss of income of the fatally injured victim.
- A wrongful death claim is generally filed on behalf of the deceased’s spouse, children, family members or possibly other individuals. This action asks for compensation for loss of financial support and loss of society and companionship
Michigan law does not allow overlap of these actions for loss of income. Generally, family members who file a claim are the beneficiaries of the estate of the deceased.
Family members usually have priority to be the administrators (personal representatives) of the estate. However, there are some instances in which they cannot serve as administrator. One example might be where there is a minor who is the only surviving claimant in an estate. Therefore, a representative would have to be appointed for that individual, and that person could be a relative.
Wrongful death claims may arise from a variety of accidents, including car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, boating accidents, dog attacks, defective products, and hospital or medical errors. If your loved one or someone close to you has lost his/her life in any of these situations, your need to talk with the Michigan wrongful death attorneys who share 50 years of experience in this area of practice.
For a free case evaluation, please complete the online form or call The Law Offices of Henry M. Hanflik at 1 (888) 905-4632.
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