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Sommers Schwartz attorneys have helped hundreds of families make it through the difficult times following the wrongful death of a loved one.

The passing of a loved one often has a devastating emotional effect on the victim’s family and close friends. When that death is due to the negligence or carelessness of a corporation or individual, the loss is exponentially more tragic because it could have easily been prevented had the responsible party acted responsibly. In those situations, Michigan law allows a representative of the surviving family members to bring a wrongful death action against a negligent party for damages.

At Sommers Schwartz, we know that there is no amount of money and no legal action that we can take that will ever bring your loved one back, but we also recognize the value and importance of having a wrongful death attorney pursue a claim to not only recover damages but to also send a message that such behavior will not be tolerated. In many cases, a plaintiff can seek punitive damages to punish the defendant.

Bringing a Wrongful Death Lawsuit

In wrongful death lawsuits, damages are awarded for funeral costs, medical expenses prior to the death, property damage, lost wages and benefits, and emotional suffering of the victim’s loved ones. The legal system is incapable of restoring life to how it was prior to the accident, but it can help families get through trying times by ensuring that they are financially equipped to handle the death expenses and the change in circumstances.

So who is allowed to bring a wrongful death claim? To have the necessary legal grounds to pursue the claim or lawsuit, one must be a “real party in interest,” usually a survivor of the decedent, generally immediate family members including spouses, children, and even parents if the decedent was unmarried. Other people who are able to sue for wrongful death include descendants and grandparents, beneficiaries under the decedent’s will, brothers and sisters, and children of the deceased’s spouse.

Financial concerns are often the last thing a family wishes to think about during a traumatic time. However, it is only responsible to take steps early on to ensure your family’s future well-being. No family member should have to deal with the stress of debt and concerns about how to provide for their family after suffering the loss of a loved one.

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At Sommers Schwartz, our wrongful death attorneys have helped hundreds of families make it through the difficult times following the loss of a loved one.  Oftentimes, wrongful death cases are complicated and vigorously defended by insurance companies. You need an experienced legal team with an established record of results and a commitment to fight for your loved one’s and family’s rights.

Find out how we can help you – call Sommers Schwartz today.

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