Who is allowed to file a Michigan lawsuit if a relative dies due to someone elses negligence?
In Michigan, this type of case is called a wrongful death case. The laws provide an order of priority and guidelines as to who can bring the lawsuit on behalf of the deceased person. Typically, a spouse, children, and parents of the decedent are given the priority and often agree with other on who will serve as the personal representative. If there is a dispute between family members on who will serve, the court will look to the statute and then other factors before deciding who to appoint in that role.