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If you’ve lost a family member or a loved one, you know the emotional losses that follow. These tragic experiences are amplified when their death is due to someone else’s negligence, recklessness, or careless acts. You may have both immediate and long term issues with many questions that surround this loss. These include the immediate issues like funeral expenses and estate issues, to more long-lasting questions like finding answers as to who was responsible for their death. You undoubtedly have a lot on your shoulders. If you find yourself in these circumstances, you need the best possible attorney to help guide you through these troubled times. Our experienced attorneys at Mike Morse Law Firm are compassionate with all of our clients while working tirelessly to investigate the facts and circumstances of your loved one’s death. Our goal is to maximize the best possible outcome for your case – either through trial or settlement. It is our goal to get you the justice you and your family deserve.

What is Wrongful Death?

In Michigan, the term wrongful death refers to a death that is caused by someone else’s wrongful acts or negligence. The law enables the deceased person’s surviving family to file a lawsuit against the wrongdoer. They may request money damages which are defined under the Wrongful Death Statute. Wrongdoers are called defendants in these types of civil actions. Possible defendants in a wrongful death action can be just about any entity or individual. They include the following: an individual person, a corporation, a company, a manufacturer, or a federal, state, or local government agency. They include drivers of vehicles or trucks, trucking companies, doctors, hospitals, police officers, police agencies, nursing homes, and premises owners to include both residential and commercial properties. Oftentimes, there are several defendants that can be considered responsible parties in these very serious matters, depending on the different type of underlying case that is involved.

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How Often Do People Die From Accidents?

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), noted that in 2017 there were 169,936 accidentally caused deaths in the US. This was a 4.2% increase from 2016. Unintended falls caused 36,338 deaths. Motor vehicle accidents caused 40,231 deaths. Poisoning deaths were identified as causing 64,795 deaths. Emergency room visits for injuries amounted to 43.2 million. Physician visits accounted for 72.6 million visits listing injuries as their cause. Nationally, all injury deaths were listed at 243,039 for 2017. The CDC calculated that accidents were the third leading cause of death behind only cancer and heart disease. To put it bluntly, death caused by accidents is a real factor in our lives and can touch just about every family that you know.

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Pedestrian Accidents If you have been injured as a pedestrian by a motor vehicle in Michigan, please contact us for a free consultation. We will be happy to answer all of your Michigan pedestrian accident questions and explain your rights.
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Truck Accidents Truck accidents typically result in great amount of vehicle damage. If you were involved in such an accident, you will want your vehicle to be repaired or replaced.
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Bicycle Accidents If the bicycle accident involved a car or truck, Michigan No-Fault Insurance Benefits are available to the injured bicyclist.
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Car Accidents Our experienced Michigan accident attorneys have successfully resolved thousands of Michigan car accident, Michigan truck accident and Michigan motorcycle accident cases, many of them including claims for Michigan no-fault benefits.
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Rear-End Collisions Don’t make the mistake of trying to recover damages on your own. Why? First, you may have physical injuries that haven’t yet become apparent.
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Uninsured & Underinsured Collisions Even if you have been handling your own UM/UIM claim, we advise you not to take on the insurance carriers alone. You may be dealing with an insurance carrier who may not be giving you the full value of your injuries.
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What Type of Wrongful Death Claims Can Be Filed?

A wrongful death lawsuit can be filed for many types of claims which result in the death of a person. These claims can include trucking accidents, motor vehicle accidents, medical malpractice of doctors and hospitals, police brutality or misconduct (state and federal civil rights claims), nursing home negligence, product liability, recreational accidents, premises matters, as well as fire or flood claims.

Oftentimes, there is a death that has a criminal component to it when either the state or federal government is prosecuting the defendant for their negligent or intentional actions. The defendant may be subject to jail time or some other restitution. A wrongful death case is a civil case and is very different from these criminal proceedings. A civil case only deals with monetary damages for the estate as well as the family and others who are considered interested parties in the lawsuit. A civil wrongful death claim or lawsuit does not seek to put the wrongdoer in jail or have them serve time. While there may be many different types of claims that lead to a wrongful death of an individual, all civil cases filed in Michigan are governed by the Wrongful Death Statute.

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How Does The Wrongful Death Statute Govern My Case?

To be sure, one of the most important decisions you can make when a loved one dies is the appropriate lawyer to help you in your time of need. He or she should be an expert in the area of wrongful death and know how to navigate it to maximize your recovery. The attorneys at Mike Morse Law Firm have handled numerous wrongful death matters over the years and specialize in these types of cases. If we determine there is a viable matter in your case and we file upon your behalf, we can be sure to help you. Even if other lawyers have turned you down, please contact us for a second opinion. Timing is important in these matters and if there is a viable claim, we’d be glad to assist you. Your family deserves honest answers after our attorneys review your matter in its entirety.

The Wrongful Death Statute (MCL 600.2922) provides the framework and requirements needed for filing a wrongful death case in Michigan. It provides the procedure for determining who can represent the estate, which family members can be included in the claim, what their legal rights are, the types and extent of money damages available to the deceased person and the other family members, and for the disbursement of the settlement proceeds once it has been approved by the court. These claims are often litigated in combination with the probate court as well as state and federal courts in Michigan. You’ll need an experienced wrongful death attorney to assist you in maximizing your recovery in these complicated endeavors.

How Much Does It Cost Me To Hire a Wrongful Death Attorney in Detroit, and How Much Time Do I have To File A Claim?

It costs you nothing to hire the lawyers at Mike Morse Law Firm. We do not charge you any hidden fees and your consultation is free regarding the investigation of your case. If we investigate your case, determine there is a viable claim and ultimately become your lawyer, your costs and our fees come at the end of the case after the settlement is reached. We do not charge you any costs or fees at the beginning of the case and only take our fee once it is approved by the court and the matter has concluded.

If you have experienced the loss of a loved one, you should speak to an experienced attorney as soon as possible. Wrongful death cases are dependent on the type of case that causes death. For example, if the cause of death was a motor vehicle accident and is based on negligence (excluding No-fault) claims, the case must be filed within three years of the date of the accident. For intentional torts or acts – these generally have a one-year statute of limitations to file a claim. There are many other types of actions that can be filed as well and some claims must be filed within a year or two. That is why it is always a good idea to contact us here at the Mike Morse Law Firm. Let us help you protect your rights. If the investigation is not done at the outset, valuable evidence may be lost and your time deadlines may be slipping away. Call us to help you begin the investigation process and give you some answers in your time of need.

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