Our Grand Rapids wrongful death lawyers represent the families of victims who have died due to the negligence of another person or entity. Wrongful death lawsuits are brought by family members seeking justice for the loss of a loved one. Our lawyers will help your family recover compensation for a tragedy involving an accidental or unlawful death.
The Michigan Wrongful Death Statute allows family members to file a lawsuit for compensation after accidental death, negligence, or an intentional act. Lawsuits can be filed by a spouse, parent, sibling, child, grandparent, or grandchild. If the decedent left a will, a person named in the will also may have the right to bring the lawsuit.
Grand Rapids Wrongful Death Lawsuit Information
Grand Rapids is located along the Grand River about 30 minutes east of Lake Michigan in Detroit's lower peninsula. It is the second largest city in Michigan, with 188,040 residents as of the 2010 census. Grand Rapids is a popular tourist destination in the summer months. The city is also home the Grand Rapids Griffins, the minor league hockey affiliate team of the Detroit Red Wings. The largest employer in Grand Rapids is Spectrum Health by a wide margin, with 23,000 employees.
The National Safety Council lists accidental deaths as one of the top causes of death for persons age 1 to 42. The most common causes of accidental death are motor vehicle accidents, poisonings, fires, falls, choking, and drowning. Usually, these accidents occur in the home or surrounding community and are often the result of negligence by a person or business.
Common Types of Grand Rapids Wrongful Death Lawsuits
Our law firm has won significant settlements and jury verdicts in Grand Rapids wrongful death cases including:
- Automobile accidents (including fatal drunk driving accidents)
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents (bikers & passengers)
- Pedestrian or bicycle accidents
- Hit and run accidents
- Product liability (motor vehicle defects, etc)
- Medical malpractice or hospital negligence
- Nursing home neglect or abuse
- Dog bites and animal attacks
- Construction accidents
- Fires, explosions & electrical injuries
- Police chases & police misconduct
- Defective premises
- Recreational accidents (boating, jet skiing, hunting, & swimming pools)
- All other accident deaths
Grand Rapids Courts For Wrongful Death Lawsuits
Most wrongful death lawsuits arising from a death that occurred in Grand Rapids must be filed in the Kent County Trial Court. This circuit court has jurisdiction for cases with damages greater than $25,000.00.
Some cases may also be filed in the United States District Court Western Division. These involve lawsuits alleging civil rights violations, matters of federal law, or under other special circumstances. Our attorneys will determine the proper court to file your case.
Compensation In Grand Rapids Wrongful Death Lawsuits
Wrongful death lawsuit settlements include compensation paid for both non-economic and economic losses. Non-economic losses include the loss of emotional support, comfort, companionship, society, moral support, and consortium due to death of the loved one. Non-economic claims also include compensation for the decedent’s pain and suffering from the time of injury through the date of death.
There are no written schedules or guidelines for determining the compensation amount for non-economic wrongful death claims. If the case goes to trial, the jury will decide the monetary amount for each claim. Our accidental death attorneys have won substantial settlements for these types of losses before trial and by jury verdict at trial.
Compensation is also owed to the family for economic losses caused by the death of a loved one. These include loss of earnings (past, present, and future), loss of financial support, loss of work benefits (health insurance, pension), and funeral expenses. In many cases, an economist will also place a monetary value on the loss of household services that the decedent would have provided to the family if not for the death. This type of claim will also contribute to the settlement amount.
No Fees Unless You Win A Grand Rapids Wrongful Death Settlement
We do not charge any legal fees unless we are able to get you a settlement. We also pay all case costs and expenses. If your case is unsuccessful for any reason whatsoever, you will owe us nothing. We put that in writing for you.
Contact Our Grand Rapids Wrongful Death Lawyers
If a loved one has wrongfully died due to the negligence of another person, business, or medical provider, it is important you contact our law firm today at (800) 606-1717. We will listen to your story and start working on your case immediately.