Michigan Wrongful Death Attorney

michigan wrongful death attorney - Law Office of Donald H PetersThe families of victims of wrongful death need a Michigan Wrongful Death Attorney to fight for their rights.

When you suffer the loss of a loved one due to someone’s negligence, it’s important to consult with a Michigan wrongful death attorney who understands Michigan’s wrongful death laws. These laws serve the important purpose of shifting the financial hardship associated with a wrongful death from the family of the deceased to the negligent parties who caused the death.

Immediate legal action is necessary to determine the negligent parties, the extent of their negligence, and to preserve any evidence that proves that negligence.

Unlike other states, Michigan does not have a specific wrongful death statute of limitations. Because of this, Michigan borrow the statute of limitations from whatever the cause of action is. In most cases, a wrongful death will be caused by negligence, and therefore, the statute of limitations would be three years because it is three years for a standard negligence case.

What is a Wrongful Death in Michigan?

A wrongful death refers to the type of lawsuit that is filed when someone causes another individual’s death due to negligence, wrongdoing, or malice. Some examples of wrongful death include:

  • Negligence
  • drunk driving
  • Assault and battery
  • Manslaughter
  • murder.

It is worth noting that wrongful death cases are completely separate from any criminal charges that may be filed.

Contact an Attorney Right Away

Because of the unknowns involved in the statute of limitations applying to a wrongful death claim, it is best to contact a Michigan Wrongful Death Attorney right away. Not only does this prevent issues with time restrictions to file a lawsuit, but it also greatly increases the chances that evidence and witnesses are not lost to time.

Who is eligible to receive wrongful death benefits in Michigan?

For the answer to this question, let’s go right to the sources and see what Michigan law has to say:

  • The deceased’s spouse, children, descendants, parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters, and, if none of these persons survive the deceased, then those persons to whom the estate of the deceased would pass under the laws of intestate succession determined as of the date of death of the deceased.
  • The children of the deceased’s spouse.
  • Those persons who are devisees under the will of the deceased, except those whose relationship with the decedent violated Michigan law, including beneficiaries of a trust under the will, those persons who are designated in the will as persons who may be entitled to damages under this section, and the beneficiaries of a living trust of the deceased if there is a devise to that trust in the will of the deceased.

How a Michigan Wrongful Death Attorney Can Help

The Law Offices of Donald H Peters is committed to fighting for your fair compensation after the tragic loss of a loved one. Our Michigan based wrongful death lawyers will fight the negligent or responsible parties to ensure that  you receive fair and adequate compensation

Wrongful death benefits may cover:

  • loss of deceased’s benefits
  • loss of companionship
  • direct expenses (like medical bills and funeral cost)
  • loss of deceased’s future earning power
  • punitive damages to punish the wrongdoer

Contact a Michigan Wrongful Death Attorney Today

If you have suffered the loss of a family member or loved one as a result of the negligent conduct of an individual or corporation, contact a Michigan wrongful death attorney for a free, no obligation, and confidential evaluation.