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How long does a wrongful death lawsuit take?

A wrongful death lawsuit takes about the same time as any other personal injury lawsuit.  There is some additional time at the beginning and at the end.  Specifically, an estate needs to be opened in probate court before the lawsuit begins.  That typically takes a week or two of time.  At the end of the lawsuit, the probate court will have a hearing to approve the settlement.  This usually adds an additional 30 days.  As a result, it does add time on to the case, but not a significant amount of time.

How do I get stated with a wrongful death case?

Getting your wrongful death case started is easy.  Just call or email us.  You will be contacted with an attorney immediately.  During that phone consultation, we will review your case and give you a brief analysis of the situation free of charge.  We will answer all your questions.  If you want to move forward with the case, we will set-up an appointment and review everything with you.  You can bring anyone that you want to the meeting to answer everyone’s questions.  We will review you case and review the law with you and provide a full analysis of the situation.  We will also review attorney fees and costs with you.  There is no obligation.  If you decided that you want to pursue the claim, we will provide you with a written fee agreement explain how we are paid from the proceeds to the lawsuit.

How much are attorney fees and costs in a wrongful death case?

Wrongful death cases, like other personal injury cases, are handled on a contingency bases.  Krupp Law Offices PC requires no money down and a no fee guarantee.  You owe nothing if we are not successful.  Our office is paid 1/3 of the net amount of recovery.  We provide a written fee agreement to ensure complete understanding of fees and costs.  All litigation costs are advanced by the law firm.  To ensure the best result in you case, your office also teams with other lawyers at no additional cost to you.

Who pays attorney fees in a wrongful death case?

Ultimately the attorney is paid by the estate of the person who died.  Krupp Law Offices PC charges nothing to review and provide a full analysis of the case.  We will do this with a phone call and do not require an in person appointment.  If you want to move forward, then we will set-up a meeting with you and interested relatives to discuss the process in detail.  We will full answer all questions and provide a written fee agreement.

What is the Michigan Wrongful Death Statute?

MCL 600.2922 is Michigan’s wrongful death statute. MCL 600.2922 states:  Whenever the death of a person, injuries resulting in death, or death as described in section 2922a shall be caused by wrongful act, neglect, or fault of another, and the act, neglect, or fault is such as would, if death had not ensued, have entitled the party injured to maintain an action and recover damages, the person who or the corporation that would have been liable, if death had not ensued, shall be liable to an action for damages, notwithstanding the death of the person injured or death as described in section 2922a, and although the death was caused under circumstances that constitute a felony.  READ WRONGFUL DEATH STATUTE

Who can file a wrongful death claim?

A wrongful death case is typically filed by the personal representative of the estate. The personal representative can be any “interested party”, but is typically the person or persons who may be entitled to damages or who suffer damages and survive the deceased. That person is typically the deceased’s spouse, children, descendants, parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters, and, if none of these persons survive the deceased, then those persons to whom the estate of the deceased would pass under the laws of intestate succession determined as of the date of death of the deceased. READ MORE

Who benefits from a wrongful death claim?

The person or persons who may be entitled to damages shall be limited to any of the following who suffer damages and survive the deceased including the following:the deceased’s spouse, deceased’s children, descendants, parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters, and, if none of these persons survive the deceased, then those persons to whom the estate of the deceased would pass under the laws of intestate succession determined as of the date of death of the deceased.  READ MORE

What is a wrongful death claim?

A wrongful death claim is a lawsuit filed by the estate (or the family) of someone who has died as a result of someone’s negligence or wrongful acts. Basically it is the lawsuit that the person would be able to file if they were still alive. For example, if the person lived they would file an auto negligence suit. If the person died in the accident, the estate (or family) would file a wrongful death auto accident lawsuit.  A wrongful death claims applies to any situation where the injury or damages are the victim’s death. READ MORE

What can be recovered in a wrongful death case?

Wrongful death lawyers can get their clients compensation for loses related to the death of a loved one, including: Medical expenses, Hospital expenses, Funeral costs, Deceased’s pain and suffering prior to death. Compensation may also be awarded for issues affecting the family members, including: Loss of Companionship, Financial support, Parental support, Mental distress, Emotional pain, and Loss of wages.  The personel representative of the estate stated the wrongful death lawsuit for the benefit of the heirs.  The recovery is paid to the estate.  The estate then pays the recovery (money) to the heirs. READ MORE