WRONGFUL DEATH FAQ

Auto Accidents

Life after a car accident can be very stressful. Our attorneys have been helping victims of auto accidents in Michigan receive the compensation they deserve for over 30 years.

Personal Injury

If you or a loved one was injured because of the negligence of others, contact the experienced attorneys at Jay Trucks & Associates today.

Workers' Compensation

We have an entire division dedicated to workers’ compensation, ensuring you receive the help you need when you or a loved one is injured on the job.

Social Security

The social security lawyers at Jay Trucks & Associates are dedicated to representing clients across the state of Michigan who have a social security disability claim isn’t being honored.

Wrongful Death Frequently Asked Questions

  When is a death considered “wrongful”? When it’s caused by someone else’s action or inaction. For example, a wrongful death could be the result if a person: top How is a wrongful death claim different from a “survival action”? A wrongful death claim is filed for compensation for the losses of surviving family members. Michigan law also has a provision for a “survival action”, which means compensation paid for the deceased person’s injuries, that lead to their death. Typically, both types of suit are filed together. top Who can pursue a wrongful death claim? In the “common law” that we in the U.S. inherited from England, there was no provision for surviving family members to sue the party responsible for a wrongful death. So over the years, each state has enacted its own laws to fill this gap. In Texas, there’s a two-year statute of limitation. If the situation involves medical malpractice, then sometimes it can be extended, for instance:
  • When the relevant person is a minor or otherwise legally incompetent
  • If the victim of medical malpractice couldn’t possibly have known of the malpractice until some later date
It would be wise to consult a Michigan wrongful death attorney as soon as possible, so as to be in the best possible position to file suit within the allotted period. Bear in mind that potential witnesses move, memories fade, sometimes people become incapacitated or die. Time is of the essence. top What kind of compensation is obtainable in a wrongful death lawsuit? For the spouse:
  • Loss of companionship
  • Mental anguish
  • The financial value of probable intangible services they would have received from the deceased
For a child:
  • Loss of companionship
  • Mental anguish
  • The financial sum the deceased would probably have paid for the child’s maintenance,
  • The value of the services the deceased would probably have given to the child for education and training
For the parents:
  • Loss of companionship
  • Mental anguish
  • The value of probable future financial contributions an adult child would have made to them
  • The value of a minor child’s future services up until the child’s age of majority:
    • Less the cost of the child’s maintenance and education while a minor
    • Plus the value of any financial contributions the child might reasonably have made to the parents after reaching the age of majority
In some cases, a claimant might be entitled to:
  • Compensation for loss of inheritance, and
  • Punitive damages.
top How is it decided what a person’s future earnings would have been? This can seem fairly complicated. Future earnings are calculated from a life expectancy table, developed statistically. The earnings at the time of death are multiplied by the number of expected remaining years of earnings, up until the expected retirement date. Retirement benefits are calculated up until the expected time of death, according to the life expectancy table. When a total figure is arrived at, that amount is then reduced to “present value”, which is an amount considered to equal the full amount if it’s conservatively invested top Is there anyone who cannot be sued in a wrongful death claim? Yes, other family members can’t be sued. top What happens when someone dies while on a cruise? If the ship was within the territorial waters of a State, then that State’s wrongful death law will apply. But if the ship was more than 3 miles from any U.S. shore, what applies is the Death on the High Seas Act. This would mean there’s no compensation for pain and suffering, but only for the amount of money the deceased person would have contributed to the survivor’s support and well-being. top My mother died in the nursing home and it seems she wasn’t properly cared for. Do I have any recourse? Yes, probably. If you suspect mistreatment or neglect, waste no time in documenting and reporting it. An experienced wrongful death attorney can do this for you, and have it submitted to all the necessary parties. Nursing home neglect would include such things as:
  • Deficient personal hygiene
  • Lack of appropriate food, clothing and shelter
  • Lack of appropriate medical care
  • Failure to prevent falls
  • Failure to prevent or treat dehydration
Nursing home abuse would include such things as:
  • Open wounds, bruises or cuts
  • Broken bones
  • Unexplained falls
  • Untreated or poorly treated bedsores
  • Excessive weight loss
  • Injuries because of too much restraint or lack of restraint
top Jay Trucks & Associates, in Flint Michigan, are wrongful death attorneys who have successfully represented thousands of bereaved people and collected millions of dollars on their behalf. We are strong advocates for the bereaved and tough negotiators with the insurance industry. Contact us today for a free initial consultation.

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Our experienced attorneys will evaluate your individual situation to see if you have a case. Contact us immediately so that we can learn more about your situation to see how we can help you.

Free Case Evaluation

Our experienced attorneys will evaluate your individual situation to see if you have a case. Contact us immediately so that we can learn more about your situation to see how we can help you.

Statewide Representation

Our firm has lawyers spread across the state so that we can easily come to you to handle your case. We are proud to be Michigan's premier personal injury attorneys and help those who are injured.

Statewide Representation

Our firm has lawyers spread across the state so that we can easily come to you to handle your case. We are proud to be Michigan's premier personal injury attorneys and help those who are injured.

150+ Years Combined Experience

We work hard to get you every dollar you deserve for your case. Our attorneys have over 100 years of experience and know how to handle the insurance companies to fight for your rights.

150+ Years Combined Experience

We work hard to get you every dollar you deserve for your case. Our attorneys have over 100 years of experience and know how to handle the insurance companies to fight for your rights.

No fees unless we win

Our lawyers will work hard to win thousands or millions of dollars for your case. We strive to get our clients all of the money we can for their injury and don't charge you unless we win your case.

No Fees Unless We Win

Our lawyers will work hard to win thousands or millions of dollars for your case. We strive to get our clients all of the money we can for their injury and don't charge you unless we win your case.

We Truly Care About Our Clients

Protecting You Like Our Own

Jay Trucks & Associates is a Michigan personal injury law firm serving the entire State of Michigan, including the cities of Lansing, Bay City, Flint, Detroit, Cadillac, Ann Arbor, Saginaw, Grand Rapids, Gaylord, Muskegon, Alpena, Traverse City, Mt Pleasant, and Kalamazoo along with every city in between. Our experienced Michigan personal injury attorneys have successfully represented thousands of injured people and collected millions of dollars on their behalf. We are strong advocates for the injured and are tough negotiators with the insurance industry. We use the most up-to-date technology to move cases quickly through the system and to help achieve the best final result for our clients. Jay Trucks & Associates is a law firm of the highest integrity that is dauntless in its pursuit of justice.

Our Michigan personal injury lawyers share a commitment to excellence and hard work – values that are a part of every case that we handle. This focus helps to ensure that each client of Jay Trucks & Associates gets the individual attention they need and the results they deserve. With over 100 years of combined experience, our attorneys have handled a wide range of cases for personal injury, auto accidents, workers’ compensation, and Social Security Disability. Our attorneys know how to deal with the insurance companies to get the maximum compensation for cases.

The founder, Jay Trucks, provides the firm with experience, wisdom, and patience. His son, Todd Trucks, proudly joined his father, providing additional energy, determination, and excitement about the future of the firm and the practice of law. This father and son team gives Jay Trucks & Associates a strong foundation that is complemented by a professional, highly-skilled and trained support staff to see you through the legal process and get you the results that you deserve. Contact our Michigan injury lawyers today for a free case evaluation.

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Focused on Clients. Driven by Results.

Our Michigan personal injury lawyers aren’t your average injury lawyers. With over 150 years of combined legal experience, our law firm knows how to fight the insurance companies to get the maximum settlement for your injuries, pain and suffering. Our Founder, Jay Trucks, built our law firm to be focused on one thing: the client. Our focus is to get our clients everything they deserve without the stress and hassle of dealing with the insurance company. Our firm handles all types of injury cases including auto accidents, personal injury, workmans’ compensation and social security disability. With thousands of cases settled and millions of dollars won for our clients, our law firm is determined to get you the most money possible for your case. We let you focus on healing while we handle the insurance company. With communication all throughout your case, you will be updated as to the status of your case and the next steps so that you always know what is going on. With our client-centered focus, everything we do is for our client’s benefit.

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Jay Trucks & Associates is a law firm that is proud to represent our clients, and willing to do what it takes to get you the compensation you deserve.

We’ve settled thousands of cases and recovered millions for our clients.
At Jay Trucks & Associates, we've worked hard over the past few decades to fight for our clients to get them all of the money they deserve. Whether it was for an auto accident, injury, workers' compensation, or Social Security Disability case, our experienced attorneys have helped our clients fight for their rights and get their lives back on track.
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You’ve been injured. What now? How will you pay your medical bills? Receive compensation for missed work? We know that the most important thing to our clients in their time of crisis after an injury is the compensation they will receive for their injuries to pay their medical bills, time off of work, suffering, and more. Our personal injury lawyers have the experience to fight the insurance companies to get you the maximum settlement for your case. With over 150 years of combined legal experience, our lawyers have the knowledge and expertise to get you the compensation you deserve. Our lawyers have won millions of dollars for our clients and are ready to fight for you.

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