Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. Michigan semi-truck accident lawyers recently settled a survivor’s loss benefits lawsuit for our client whose wife was tragically killed in an Ohio semi-truck accident. The accident occurred on US-127 in Liberty, Ohio when the semi-truck that was driving drove off the road surface, struck multiple trees, and caught fire, killing her.
Our client’s wife had a policy of automobile insurance through 21st Century Premier Insurance Company. Under Michigan law, this insurer is responsible to provide survivor’s loss benefits to our client, as the decedent’s spouse. These benefits include the loss of the decedent’s contributions of tangible things of economic value, such as her wages, the value of her health insurance policy, and so on. These benefits also include payment for the loss of her household services she would provide, and her funeral expenses. Our client suffered the loss of his wife’s wages, his coverage under his wife’s health insurance policy, the loss of her services around the house, and also was required to pay funeral expenses on her behalf.
The survivor’s loss lawsuit seeks damages from the insurance company for these benefits which were prompted due to the death of his wife in the accident. The insurance adjuster did not make payment of any benefits to our client after his wife’s death. We filed the lawsuit in the Wayne County Circuit Court in Detroit, Michigan.
Shortly after filing the lawsuit, the defense attorney offered to meet with our office and our client in an attempt to resolve this case. After two such meetings taking place, the insurance company agreed to settle the survivor’s loss claim for $60,517.84, which represented all replacement services, wage loss, funeral expense, and value of the health insurance benefits that our client was owed for the full three years following the death of his wife.
Family members of victims killed in a semi-truck accident do have legal rights. If you or someone you know has been denied payment of survivor loss benefits by their insurance company they do have the right to file a lawsuit against the insurance company for denied payment of No-Fault Insurance benefits. To learn how to file a Michigan no-fault survivor loss claims call our top rated accident legal team now at (800) 606-1717. We offer a free, no obligation consultation and will give you advice on what legal recourse is available to you.