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Grand Rapids Wrongful Death Lawyer

Vehicle collisions and medical negligence are usually the two leading causes of unintentional death in the United States. No amount of money can fully compensate for such a loss. But since no one can turn back the clock, money damages are the next best thing. Additionally, the available compensation assuages grief and gives survivors the financial resources they need to move on. If the ultimate tragedy strikes your family, our Grand Rapids wrongful death lawyers are here to help.

The dedicated wrongful death attorneys at Buchanan Firm work hard every day to build successful damage claims one piece of evidence at a time. We have the internal resources and professional partnerships to put together compelling damage claims which usually yield maximum compensation. In fact, we are not satisfied with anything less than the best possible result under the circumstances, because neither are you.

What Causes Wrongful Death?

Motor vehicle collisions cause a great number of wrongful deaths in Michigan. Often, the injuries are simply too severe. Some of these serious injuries include:

  • Head Injuries: Millions of people go to hospital emergency rooms every year for traumatic brain injuries. Vehicle collisions combine all three major causes of head injuries, which are trauma wounds, violent motion, and sudden loud noises.
  • Serious Burns: These wounds are particularly common in truck accident claims, because diesel fuel and gasoline burn at different temperatures. Overall, vehicle collisions often cause third and fourth-degree burns. These deep burn injury wounds require extensive care at specialized burn centers.
  • Spine Injuries: Much like head injuries, either violent motion or a trauma injury could cause a back or spine injury. Typically, these wounds result in temporary or permanent paralysis. So, they are not just serious in and of themselves. They also make it more difficult to recover from other injuries.

Medical malpractice in general, and misdiagnosis in particular, also causes many wrongful deaths in Michigan.

Cancer is one of the most commonly misdiagnosed conditions in Grand Rapids. The cancer diagnosis error rate may be twice as high as the overall misdiagnosis rate. Cancer survival rates have increased significantly since the 1990s, but the odds only improve if a doctor promptly diagnosis the condition.

Doctors also have a hard time diagnosing head injuries, largely because many victims do not experience signature symptoms, like unconsciousness and vomiting. By the time more advanced symptoms develop, such as tinnitus (ringing in the ears), mood swings, and severe headaches, head injuries are much more difficult to treat and often become fatal.

What to Expect in a Grand Rapids Wrongful Death Claim

Legally, either the legal representative or a close relative can usually pursue a wrongful death claim in Michigan. The Wolverine State has a very broad wrongful death statute which allows victims to recover compensation for things like:

  • Medical bills related to the decedent’s final injury or illness
  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Lost future financial support
  • Decedent’s pain and suffering
  • Lost future emotional support
  • Survivors’ grief and suffering

If liability is relatively clear, the insurance company has a legal duty to settle the claim quickly. Many times, a demand letter is all that’s required.

Sometimes, the case moves on to the litigation phase. If that happens, most Kent County judges refer these matters to mediation. During mediation, a neutral Grand Rapids wrongful death lawyer tries to work out a settlement between the victim’s family and the insurance company. If both parties negotiate with open minds, mediation is usually successful.

Rely on an Experienced Wrongful Death Lawyer

Wrongful death survivors do not have to make do on their own. For a free consultation with an experienced wrongful death attorney in Grand Rapids, contact Buchanan Firm. Our main office is conveniently located near the Ford Library.