To file a wrongful death case in Michigan, there are certain court filing requirements that must be completed before the actual suit is filed. First, there has to be a thorough investigation of the potential claim and damages to determine whether the case has merit. Once it is determined to be a meritorious claim, a family member of the decedent is typically appointed as the Personal Representative of the estate of the decedent to pursue the lawsuit on behalf of the other family members.
The personal representative does not determine which family members will receive shares of the settlement or even how much each person will receive. Rather, the probate court judge or circuit court judge assigned to the case will make that determination if the family members cannot agree on the distribution of the settlement proceeds.
The procedures for filing wrongful death claims and cases are different virtually everywhere, and the time limitations for filing a claim is not always the same. In addition, when filing a wrongful death case in Michigan, one must follow the requirements of the Michigan Wrongful Death Act, MCL § 600.2922. That is why it is so important to contact the best attorney in Michigan for your wrongful death case to ensure that you are following all the correct procedures and requirements mandatory under Michigan law. Call our office now at (800) 606-1717 to speak with one of our experienced wrongful death case lawyers in Michigan. Our attorneys are experts in the area of wrongful death claims and have received significant settlements on behalf of families who have lost a loved one in an accident. We will represent you under our No Fee Promise, which means no legal fees or costs until we prove and win your case. Call today!