Our wrongful death lawsuit lawyers file claims on behalf of children who suffered the loss of their father in Michigan. These death claims often arise from a motor vehicle accident, nursing home neglect, or from medical malpractice. The wrongful death laws in Michigan provide for specific damages that the children can receive in a lawsuit from the death of a parent. This includes claims for both adult children and minor children.
What is Considered Wrongful Death in Michigan?
Wrongful death is when someone dies due to the fault or negligence of another person, company, or entity. Michigan law allows the family members left behind to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the wrongdoer seeking compensation for their loss. Cases can be brought against individuals, businesses, companies, product manufacturers, trucking companies, and other legal entities responsible for the death. The death can be either accidental or intentional.
Who Can Bring a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Michigan?
The Michigan wrongful death statute gives authority to family members to file a lawsuit for compensation for an accidental death or fatal accident. Lawsuits can be brought 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.
In order to bring a lawsuit, a family member or heir must first be appointed the personal representative of the estate of the decedent. When the surviving children are minors, another family member often brings the lawsuit on behalf of the children. This procedure is done through the probate court in the county where the decedent last resided or had property. The estate can also be opened in the county where the death occurred or the lawsuit will be filed. Our legal team will prepare all of the necessary documents and file the paperwork with the probate court to get the case started.
What is the Compensation for the Loss of a Father in a Wrongful Death Case?
Damages for the loss of father in a wrongful death lawsuit include the loss of society and companionship that the family has suffered and will suffer in the future due to the death of the parent. These damages are often significant, especially when the surviving family members are younger children and in situations in which a family is very close knit. In those circumstances, the death of a parent can be devastating. Adults who lose a parent also suffer tremendously and their claims are not discounted because they are grown ups.
Children who lose a father that provided support to them can file a claim for the loss of that economic support. Those losses include the support for housing, clothes, food, and even education. Many young adults rely on a parent for support when they are still in school or even early on in their careers and can seek those damages as well.
Loss of services benefits are payment of services your father performed in which you were dependent upon. Listed below are some of the most common examples of these services and a projected hourly wage for the services performed (total annual cost equaling $20,248):
- Barbecuing; $11.99
- Driving; $12.03
- Helping with homework; $17.91
- Family finances; $$33.72
- Mowing the laws, landscaping, snow removal; $14.07
- Moving furniture; $12.62
- Car maintenance; $18.54
- Coaching a team; $17.47
- Scout leader; $12.18
- Assembly of toys, bookshelves, etc.; $14.16
- Pest removal (spiders, gross bugs); $15.65
- Handyman; $17.75
- Plumber; $24.94
The value of a father and his services performed in the household is priceless. However, when the unfortunate circumstance happens and a father is killed in a tragic accident, it is wise that loved ones who have lost their father understand their entitlement to payment of the services performed by their mother, or loss of services. If the children are young at the time of the death, the value of these losses can go up until the youngest child’s eighteenth birthday.
The figures above are a general survey and the services performed by a father to his children vary from family to family. Our wrongful death attorneys typically hire an economist in each case to evaluate the services provided by father and to calculate the exact loss to the family. This assists us in obtaining the highest wrongful death settlement for the surviving family. Compensation is also sought for the pain and suffering of the father from the time of the injury until his death.
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You can afford to have the best Michigan accidental death attorneys on your side for your wrongful death lawsuit. It costs you nothing to get started and we will even pay to open the probate estate. If your case is unsuccessful, you owe us nothing.
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- No money to get started or to open the probate estate
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