Whether it was a fatal car crash, a doctor's error or an accident at work, an incident involving the loss of a loved one can leave you feeling devastated and hopeless. But it's important to make sure your rights are protected. You might not want to file a wrongful death lawsuit soon after a terrible loss in Detroit, but you need to take action promptly. If you wait too long, under Michigan law you may lose your right to seek compensation and hold the negligent party accountable.
- What Types of Wrongful Death Cases Does Your Firm Handle?
- Who Can File a Lawsuit?
- What Compensation Can I Recover?
- How Much Time Do I Have to File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
- How Do You Prove the Defendant Was Responsible for the Death?
Slocumb Law Firm handles a variety of cases involving fatal accidents. If someone's negligent action caused the death of a loved one - whether it was a drunk driver, a doctor who misdiagnosed a condition, or a property owner who failed to keep visitors safe from hazardous conditions - you may have grounds for a wrongful death claim.
Slocumb Law Firm is staffed by experienced attorneys who understand the law and the procedural rules that come into play with any complex litigation. We will inform you about time limits - in Michigan, you generally have three years from the time of death to file a claim. Each case is unique, so it's important to discuss the details with a legal professional. Contact us as soon as possible.
Surviving family members who can file a lawsuit include a wife or husband of the deceased, children and parents, siblings, children of the deceased person's spouse and anyone who is left property in the deceased person's will.
The compensation you may be entitled to receive - or damages - includes the following:
- Hospital, medical, funeral and burial expenses
- Loss of wages, including the wages the deceased would have made had he or she lived
- Pain and suffering of the deceased prior to death
- Pain and suffering of the family members as a result of the death
- Loss of care and companionship
You won't have to worry about the cost of hiring a highly skilled Detroit wrongful death attorney. Slocumb Law Firm handles such cases on a contingency fee basis. That means you only pay us a portion of your settlement or the award you receive from a court. If you don't win, you don't pay us a legal fee.
The statute of limitations - generally three years in Michigan - means you risk losing your right to take action if you wait too long. That's why we strongly advise those who have lost loved ones to contact us as soon as possible. By getting started immediately, your attorney can build a stronger case. It's important to find evidence and interview witnesses early in the investigation. Wait too long and evidence and witnesses may disappear. People may change their stories.
To provide one common example, a drunk driver who runs down and kills a pedestrian may be held responsible for the death. This is because the driver's negligent conduct was the cause of the death. The driver owed a "duty of care" to the pedestrian, but failed to obey the law and there was a "breach of duty of care." Lastly, the family of the pedestrian must show "causation." This means the defendant - the drunk driver in this example - directly caused the wrongful death.
If it can be proved that the pedestrian was struck by another vehicle before being hit by the drunk driver, then the drunk driver may not be held responsible in this example.
If you have any other questions about the loss of a loved one in an accident, call the Mike Slocumb Law Firm now at 1-800-HURTLINE. We are experienced attorneys who are prepared to protect the rights of families who lost loved ones in all types of accidents. We have a proven track record of getting results. Discover how we can help.