At Giroux Pappas Trial Attorneys, we understand how devastating a wrongful death case can be to the entire family. Serving Michigan, our wrongful death attorneys have the experience and track record you need as you face this daunting experience. Keep reading to learn more about wrongful death cases, or call Giroux Pappas Trial Attorneys today to schedule a free consultation.
The death of a loved one is never easy to process. That’s why it’s important to seek legal assistance from an experienced wrongful death attorney. If you’re dealing with a wrongful death case, our team at Giroux can help you stay grounded during this difficult time and focus on the outcome.
Although no amount of money can make up for the loss of your loved one, you could receive compensation for your loss. This can be particularly important if your loved one provided you with financial and/or emotional support.
Before moving forward with any wrongful death case, there are two aspects you need to understand: Michigan’s definition of wrongful death and who is liable in these cases.
Firstly, wrongful death is defined under Michigan law as a death “caused by wrongful act, neglect, or fault of another.” The act, neglect, or fault is such that, if the person had not died, the injured person would have been entitled to pursue their own personal injury lawsuit to recover damages.
Secondly, many individuals can be held liable for wrongful death in Michigan. Defendants may include:
There may be others responsible for the death of your loved one based on the individual circumstances of your case. If you’re looking for wrongful death attorneys in Michigan, turn to Giroux Pappas Trial Attorneys. Our team can investigate your case and determine who may qualify as a defendant and be held accountable for your loved one’s death.
The wrongful death statute is complicated. In order to determine when a lawsuit must be filed, other statutes relating to lawsuits based on negligence and/or intentional conduct must be consulted.
For cases arising out of negligence, you must file the lawsuit no later than three years after the incident.
In a medical malpractice case, you must file the action within two years after the act which resulted in the death, or within six months of the date it is discovered.
If you miss the deadline for filing your lawsuit, you won’t be able to collect compensation for your loved one’s death. Don’t risk missing this deadline.
The statutes of limitations can vary based on many factors. It’s important to let an experienced wrongful death attorney evaluate your potential claim and recommend the best course of action. Our team can help you better understand the laws surrounding wrongful death claims and how to move forward with your case.
If you still have questions about Michigan’s statute of limitations, or suspect your loved one’s death was caused by negligence, schedule a free consultation with our wrongful death attorneys at Giroux Pappas Trial Attorneys.
According to the National Safety Council, in 2019, 173,040 people died as a result of unintentional injuries, and approximately 48.3 million people sought medical care for the treatment of unintentional injuries.
The top five unintentional deaths in 2019 were in these categories:
Other causes are burns, problems in the natural environment, and other undefined events.
Most wrongful death claims in Michigan are due to the negligence. For example, some of the most common causes are:
The individual or individuals who represent the deceased’s estate can file for a wrongful death lawsuit. Additionally, within 30 days of filing, you or a representative must serve a copy of the lawsuit to any individuals who can collect damages.
Those who may be entitled to collect damages include:
Each wrongful death case is unique. When we use the term “damages,” we are referring to both economic and non-economic compensation. Depending on your case, you could be qualified to collect such damages from persons or entities responsible for the death of your loved one.
There are many categories of available damages in wrongful death claims. These types of damages include:
Additionally, you may be entitled to collect damages/receive compensation if:
In addition to non-economic and economic damages, there are also punitive and exemplary damages.
Punitive damages, which punish defendants for their conduct, are unavailable under Michigan law, but may be available under federal law.
Exemplary damages may be awarded if the conduct was voluntary, inspired feelings of humiliation, outrage, and indignity, was malicious or reckless, and is otherwise not compensated.
Working with a wrongful death attorney can help you better understand what types of damages you may be able to recover.
Our wrongful death attorneys at Giroux Pappas Trial Attorneys have been helping clients fight to ensure compensation since 1989. Our compassion for you is real. We understand the grief that you are experiencing now, and want to help you move forward. Contact us for a free case evaluation. If you cannot come to us, we can arrange to come to you. Call us at (248)-564-3618 or fill out our form online to schedule an appointment.
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