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Clare Wrongful Death Lawyer

Have you lost a loved one due to the negligence of someone else or as a result of a product or machinery malfunction? Taking legal action may not your immediate priority however, taking to a lawyer may allow you to hold the negligent party accountable and recover damages on behalf of the deceased. If you are considering your options, meeting with an experienced Clare wrongful death lawyer from Jay Trucks and Associates may be in your best interest.

Our lawyers have over 150 years of combined experience advocating for Michigan injury victims and recovering millions of dollars in compensation on their behalf. This includes a $1 million recovery in a case where a 17-year-old woman and her unborn baby were killed in a car crash. Founder, Jay Trucks, is a member of both the Michigan Trial Lawyers Association and American Trial Lawyers Association.

If you believe the death of your loved one could have been prevented, schedule a free consultation. Our lawyers are prepared to hear the details of your claim. You will not be obligated to let us represent you. You only get billed if we recover fair compensation on your behalf.  

Call us today at (800) 762-8623.

How is a Wrongful Death Defined?

According to Michigan’s wrongful death statute, a wrongful death is one caused by a wrongful act, neglect or fault of someone else, and if the victim had survived, he or she would have had grounds to take legal action against the person responsible for the injury (Michigan Compiled Laws Section 600.2922).

In other words, you must prove your loved one’s death resulted from negligence, which includes the following elements:

  • Duty of care – The at-fault party had a legal obligation to take reasonable steps to protect others from harm. Reasonable steps may include obeying traffic laws, removing slip and fall hazards from a retail store or providing care that meets accepted medical standards. 
  • Duty of care was breached – If the defendant fails to uphold his or her legal obligation to protect others from harm, the duty of care may have been breached.
  • Causal link – You or your lawyer must prove that there is a direct link between the breached duty of care and the injury or death of your loved one.
  • Damages – You or your lawyer must provide evidence of damages such as medical bills, lost income the deceased would have earned, funeral and burial costs, etc.

The attorneys at Jay Trucks and Associates understand how devastating a wrongful death can be. We are here to answer your legal questions during this difficult time.

Types of Wrongful Death Cases

A wrongful death can happen in many different situations and have many different causes, including:

Motor Vehicle Crashes

This includes car and motorcycle crashes, along with crashes involving commercial trucks and passenger vehicles or motorcycles. Unfortunately, these crashes are often due to driver negligence, such as:

  • Speeding
  • Drunk driving
  • Distracted driving
  • Drowsy driving
  • Violating another vehicle’s right of way
  • Tailgating

Medical Malpractice

There is a high risk for fatal consequences with certain forms of medical malpractice, such as surgical negligence, anesthesia errors, medication errors and misdiagnosis/delayed diagnosis.

Nursing Home Abuse

When residents’ basic needs are neglected, they can suffer malnutrition and dehydration, severe bedsores and other medical issues that may lead to death.

Defective Products

When a product does not work as intended, or the manufacturer or designer fails to warn people about dangerous side effects, the results can be catastrophic.

Unsure if you may have a wrongful death claim? Our lawyers are prepared to review your situation.

Schedule your free legal consultation by calling today. Phone: (800) 762-8623

Which Family Members Can File a Wrongful Death Claim?

The personal representative of the deceased’s estate is the only one granted the right to file a wrongful death action. Within 30 days of the start of legal action, the personal representative is required to provide a copy of the complaint to those who may be entitled to damages, which may include the deceased’s:   

  • Spouse
  • Children
  • Descendants
  • Parents
  • Grandparents
  • Sisters
  • Brothers

If none of these people are living, damages pass to those who would inherit the estate under the laws of intestate succession, such as aunts, uncles, first cousins, etc.

Once those eligible to receive compensation for damages find out about the lawsuit, they have 60 days to notify the estate of the damages they suffered as a result of the wrongful death. If they fail to provide notice within those 60 days, their claims may not be included in the case.

Compensation That May Be Available in a Wrongful Death Claim

Michigan law specifically says you can recover the following damages in a wrongful death lawsuit:

  • Medical expenses, including hospital bills
  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Pain and suffering experienced by the deceased between the time of injury and death
  • Lost financial support, including wages and income the deceased would have likely earned if he or she lived
  • Medical expenses, including hospital bills
  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Pain and suffering experienced by the deceased between the time of injury and death
  • Lost financial support, including wages and income the deceased would have likely earned if he or she lived
  • Loss of society and companionship of the deceased suffered by loved ones who will no longer have a relationship with the deceased

If the lawsuit is successful and compensation is awarded, medical, hospital, funeral and burial expenses will be paid directly from the proceeds of the settlement. Other damages are split up among family members named in the deceased’s will.

It is important to have a qualified attorney on your side to determine the full value of a claim and who may be eligible for compensation.

The Clare wrongful death attorneys at Jay Trucks and Associates are prepared to aggressively pursue maximum compensation.

Contact us 24/7. Ph: (800) 762-8623.

When Should I File my Claim?

Under Michigan’s statute of limitations, the deadline for a wrongful death claim is three years from the date of death. If you attempt to file after those three years pass, the case will likely be dismissed from court.

There may be exceptions that lengthen or shorten the deadline for your claim. It is important to contact a lawyer immediately to find out the deadline for your potential case.

Get in Touch with a Clare Wrongful Death Attorney Today

If you lost a loved one because of the negligence of others, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit to pursue compensation for damages such as medical expenses, funeral and burial costs, pain and suffering, and loss of companionship.

The Clare wrongful death attorneys at Jay Trucks & Associates are prepared to discuss your claim in a free consultation. For more than 30 years, we have been helping the people of Michigan get the financial assistance they need. We have obtained more than $500 million in compensation on behalf of our clientele.

Contact us today to schedule your free consultation. There are no risks involved and you do not have to pay us unless we win fair compensation for your wrongful death claim.

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