The loss of a loved one as a result of someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing is a tragedy beyond words. During such difficult times, it is crucial to have compassionate and dedicated legal representation to help you seek justice for your loved one’s untimely demise.
At Just Right Law, our team of experienced personal injury lawyers understand the emotional hardships that comes with the death of a loved one. We are here to provide you with expert guidance, support, and advocacy throughout the entire legal process.
What is the Statute of Limitations for Michigan Wrongful Death Lawsuits?
In general, the statute of limitations for filing a wrongful death claim in Michigan is three years from the date of the deceased person’s death. This means that you have three years from the time your loved one passed away to file a lawsuit seeking compensation for their wrongful death.
However, there are exceptions and variations to this general rule, depending on the specific circumstances of the case. For instance, in cases involving medical malpractice resulting in death, the statute of limitations is typically two years from the date of discovery or when the injury or illness resulting in the death should have been reasonably discovered.
Delaying the initiation of a legal claim within the specified time limit can unfortunately lead to the forfeiture of your right to seek compensation for this tragic loss. Therefore, act promptly and contact us to guide you through the legal process and help you understand the specific timeline requirements for your case.
Who Can File?
According to Michigan law, the following individuals may be eligible to receive a share of the compensation:
- Children (both biological and adopted)
- Parents (biological as well as adoptive)
Damages That Can Be Awarded
While no amount of money can truly compensate for the loss of a loved one, seeking financial recovery through a wrongful death claim can help alleviate the financial burdens and provide a sense of justice for the surviving family members. Some of the potential damages that can be pursued in a wrongful death claim in Michigan include:
These are medical expenses related to the final illness or injury, funeral and burial costs, lost income and benefits that the deceased would have provided, and any other documented financial contributions that the deceased would have made to the family.
These may include compensation for pain and suffering, loss of companionship, emotional distress, and mental anguish resulting from the loss of a loved one.
Unlike compensatory damages which are intended to compensate for actual losses, punitive damages focus on punishing the wrongdoer and discouraging similar behavior in the future. It is important to note that punitive damages have specific legal requirements and are not awarded in all cases.
Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer
At Just Right Law, our compassionate and experienced personal injury lawyers are here to guide you through the complexities of wrongful death claims in Michigan. We will provide you with the support, expertise, and advocacy needed to seek the compensation and accountability you deserve. Contact us online or by phone at 248-519-2313 to schedule your free consultation.