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Initiating a Wrongful Death Case in Michigan Auto Accidents


Losing a loved one in an auto accident is a devastating experience, and if the accident was a result of someone else’s negligence, pursuing a wrongful death case may provide a sense of justice and financial support for the surviving family members. However, filing such a case requires a thorough understanding of the legal process.

This article aims to provide a step-by-step guide on initiating a wrongful death case in Michigan resulting from an auto accident.

Step 1: Seek Legal Counsel

The first and most crucial step in initiating a wrongful death case is to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney in Michigan.

An attorney specializing in wrongful death cases will have the knowledge and expertise to guide you through complex legal procedures. This is where Haque Legal comes in. Our goal is to evaluate the circumstances surrounding the accident, assess the potential strength of your case, and provide advice on the best course of action.

Step 2: Establish Liability

To file a successful wrongful death case, you must establish that someone else’s negligence or intentional actions caused the fatal auto accident. Your attorney will thoroughly investigate the accident, gather evidence, and analyze the parties’ liability. This may involve reviewing accident reports, witness statements, photographs, medical records, and other relevant documentation.

Step 3: Determine the Eligible Parties

Under Michigan law, certain family members are eligible to file a wrongful death claim. The personal representative of the deceased person’s estate typically initiates the lawsuit on behalf of the surviving family members. 

Spouses, children, parents, and grandparents may be eligible to receive compensation for their loss. Consult with your attorney to determine who can file the claim based on your circumstances.

Step 4: Notify the At-Fault Party

Before filing a wrongful death lawsuit, you must notify the at-fault party of your intention to seek compensation for losing your loved one. This notice must comply with the specific requirements outlined by Michigan law. Your attorney will prepare and serve this notice, allowing the responsible party to respond or settle the matter before litigation commences. 

Here at Haque Legal, we always aim to ensure that we follow this step for the proper settlement and handling of the case.

Step 5: Calculate Damages

In wrongful death cases, damages may include medical expenses, funeral costs, lost future earnings, loss of companionship, and pain and suffering endured by the surviving family members. Accurately assessing the full extent of these damages is crucial to seeking appropriate compensation. An experienced attorney will help you evaluate the financial and emotional impact of the loss and calculate a reasonable claim amount.

Initiating a wrongful death case in Michigan resulting from an auto accident is a complex process that requires legal expertise and careful attention to detail. By following these steps and working closely with an experienced personal injury attorney, you can navigate the legal system and seek the justice and compensation your family deserves. Remember, each case is unique, and seeking professional legal advice is crucial for the best possible outcome.

Get Proper Coverage

In case of doubt, keep in mind that it is your no-fault insurance provider who will ultimately pay for your medical bills. As long as you get unlimited or no-limit coverage, you should be properly covered when you need the best coverage for your health and safety.

Contact Your Lawyer Today

If you have an insurance claim that you need assistance with, you should contact us today. A lawyer can help you get started with your claim, and a lawyer at Haque Legal will ensure that your needs are met from the beginning to the end of the proceedings. You are always in good hands with Haque Legal and what it offers.


The article you read is based on general applications of the law. It is not legal advice and should not be construed as any legal consultation with the firm. No client-attorney relationship is created when you read the articles we have provided.

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