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My love died in a car accident. Should I file a lawsuit?

It is devastating to lose a loved one, but it is especially traumatic to lose a loved one in an accident caused by the negligent or reckless actions of another person. Fatal car accidents can devastate a Michigan family emotionally and financially. If you are grieving the loss of a loved one from a car accident, there could be legal options available to your family. 

There is no legal action that can bring back a loved one and reverse what happened, but a civil claim can help your family secure financial recovery. This can allow you to address your financial losses, such as medical bills and funeral expenses, as well as your emotional pain and suffering. If you think your family has grounds to file a wrongful death claim, you may find it beneficial to learn more about your legal options.

When is it appropriate to file a wrongful death claim?

There are several situations that could be grounds for a civil claim. Ultimately, if your family suffered and your loved one died as the result of the negligent or reckless actions of another person, you have grounds to pursue financial compensation through a claim. Some of the types of accidents that could be a reason to seek wrongful death compensation include the following: 

  • Car accidents
  • Aviation accidents
  • Medical malpractice
  • Occupational exposure to dangerous conditions or hazards
  • Death while doing a supervised activity
  • Death that occurred during the commission of a crime

The death of a loved one is not the only factor necessary to successfully pursue wrongful death compensation. In order to have a successful claim, you must also have the following:

  • Proof that a person's negligence or intent to harm caused your loved one's death
  • Continued financial suffering by the family of the deceased
  • Appointment of a person to act as the representative of the estate

The civil claims process can be complex, but your family may benefit from having experienced guidance during this difficult time.

Fighting for the future of your family

The death of a loved one may change your family, but you can seek rightful compensation to address the financial devastation you could be experiencing as well. In some cases, it may also be appropriate to seek damages for your emotional duress, loss of income, loss of consortium and more. If you have questions about the compensation to which you could have a rightful claim, you may find it beneficial to seek a thorough explanation of your legal options.

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