Filing a lawsuit is usually not something families want to think about after the unexpected loss of a loved one, but this type of legal action may provide compensation to help manage the damages caused by your loved one’s death. Additionally, pursuing a wrongful death claim allows victims an opportunity to hold the at-fault party accountable.
Jay Trucks and Associates provides a free initial consultation to determine if you may be able to file a wrongful death claim for compensation. Our firm has been helping Michigan residents for over 30 years and our licensed attorneys have more than 150 years of combined experience. We have experience handling lawsuits that involve the death of individuals and successful outcomes including a $1 million recovery for the family of a woman who was fatally injured in an auto accident with her unborn child.
The initial consultation with a Flint wrongful death lawyer is confidential and puts you under no obligation to take legal action. If you have a case, you decide if you want to move forward. There are no fees for our services unless you receive compensation.
Defining a Wrongful Death
The State of Michigan defines wrongful death as one caused by a wrongful act, neglect, or fault of another. If the victim had not died, he or she could have pursued compensation for damages against the liable party (Michigan Compiled Laws § 600.2922).
Generally, those who file wrongful death lawsuits must prove the victim’s death was the result of someone else’s negligence. This is a complex legal theory that has four parts: duty of care, breach of duty of care, the link between injury and breach of duty of care, and damages.
The duty of care is a requirement for another party or person to act as a reasonable person would to help prevent others from getting injured. For example, drivers have a duty of care to obey the rules of the road.
If the duty is breached—for example, if a driver was driving recklessly—and the party filing the lawsuit can prove the breach is directly linked to an injury that resulted in damages, there may be a legitimate case.
Damage in wrongful death claims may include medical bills, lost income the deceased would have earned, funeral costs, burial expenses, loss of society and companionship, and pain and suffering of your loved one while they were still conscious.
The Flint wrongful death lawyers at our law firm are well-versed in the state’s wrongful death law and know how to gather evidence to help prove negligence.
Have questions? Call to set up an initial consultation with our Flint wrongful death attorneys.
Compensation in a Michigan Wrongful Death Case
Our firm is committed to pursuing maximum compensation for our clients to help put them back in the position they were in before negligence occurred.
In a wrongful death case, you may be able to pursue various forms of compensation, including reasonable compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Hospital bills
- Funeral expenses
- Burial expenses
- Cost of damaged property
- Pain and suffering experienced before the victim died
- Pain and suffering suffered by family members as a result of their loss
- Lost financial support the deceased provided (wages and income)
- Loss of society and companionship (intangible benefits of the relationship with the deceased)
Some of the economic damages (such as hospital, funeral costs, and burial expenses) are paid directly out of the settlement if one is awarded compensation in a wrongful death claim. The other damages are split up according to the requirements outlined in the deceased’s will.
The Flint wrongful death lawyers at Jay Trucks and Associates are available to discuss the potential value of your claim in a free consultation. There are many factors we need to consider, and we have access to experts to help us validate your claim and the value of your damages.
Our legal team is prepared to launch a comprehensive investigation to determine the damages you suffered.
Deadline for Filing a Lawsuit in Flint, MI
Generally, the deadline for filing a wrongful death lawsuit is three years from the date of death. Cases filed after those three years pass are likely to be dismissed from court. If the death was due to medical negligence, then the statute of limitations is two years from the date of the death.
Sometimes there are other exceptions to the statute of limitations, which is why it is vital to discuss the situation with a licensed wrongful death lawyer who can explain the deadline for your claim.
It takes time to investigate wrongful death cases and determine their full value, so it is important to contact an attorney as soon as possible to determine if you have grounds for a lawsuit. Our team of Michigan personal injury lawyers is standing by.
Contact a Trusted Flint Wrongful Death Lawyer
We know compensation cannot change what happened, but it may help you and your family deal with some of the effects of your loss, particularly the lost financial support and final medical bills.
It costs nothing to meet with one of the licensed attorneys at our law firm to discuss whether your case has merit and explain the wrongful death legal process. Our attorneys are not paid unless we recover compensation on your behalf.
Jay Trucks and Associates has recovered more than $500 million in compensation on behalf of our clients and we are ready to find out how we may be able to assist you. The consultation is free and there is no risk to you.