Losing a loved one is one of life’s hardest experiences, which is made more difficult if the death was the result of negligence or wrongful actions. Holding the responsible party accountable for their actions can help a grieving family find closure, justice, and financial relief. Michigan’s Wrongful Death Act allows a decedent’s family to pursue compensation from the negligent party in these tragic situations.
Although no amount of money can make up for the loss of a loved one, the Wrongful Death Act is designed to alleviate the financial burdens and emotional distress suffered by those left behind after a wrongful death. It applies when a person’s death is the result of negligence, recklessness, or intentional misconduct of an individual, company, or other entity. The claim is brought by a personal representative who is appointed by the court to act on behalf of the decedent’s estate.