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FAQ: Wrongful Death Personal Injury


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WRONGFUL DEATH PERSONAL INJURY

CASE EVALUATION

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FAQ: Wrongful Death Personal Injury


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WRONGFUL DEATH PERSONAL INJURY

CASE EVALUATION

WRONGFUL DEATH PERSONAL INJURY

+ HOW MUCH DOES A WRONGFUL DEATH LAWYER COST?

We offer a free consultation for prospective clients, and we work on a contingency fee basis, which means that you don't pay until we obtain a verdict or settlement for you. Under this payment arrangement, we receive payment for our services only after we recover money for you, based on a percentage of the total recovery.

+ WHAT IS A WRONGFUL DEATH CASE?

Wrongful death is best described when a person's death is caused by the wrongful act or negligence of another. A wrongful death action may be initiated against the person or company who caused the death. A lawsuit may be filed on behalf of the members of the family who have lost the love, support, and companionship of the deceased due to corporate greed or government indifference.

+ DO I HAVE A WRONGFUL DEATH LAWSUIT IN MICHIGAN?

It is often difficult to quickly determine whether a third party violated the law to the extent they can be held accountable through the civil justice system. Generally, one who is injured (or their surviving family members) has a legal claim for recourse when a person or corporation negligently causes the death of another. In a car or truck accident, for example, a driver may be negligent when he or she fails to observe the posted speed limit, disregards a traffic control device, fails to yield, or when they simply do not act carefully under the circumstances. Because every case is different, the best way to determine if you have a valid claim is to meet with us today.

+ WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CIVIL COURT AND CRIMINAL COURT?

In Civil Court, one party brings a complaint against another party. The plaintiff can either ask for monetary relief, or equitable relief.

In Criminal Court, the government, acting as the plaintiff, prosecutes a company or an individual suspected of breaking the law. If the defendant is convicted, he or she may have to serve time in jail or prison.

+ WHAT IS MY WRONGFUL DEATH LAWSUIT WORTH?

It is impossible to make generalizations about the value of any case without knowing the details of the harm, how it was caused, and who caused it. The law allows recovery for a wide range of situations, such as past medical bills, future medical and rehabilitation costs, therapy, lost wages, lost future income, pain and suffering, humiliation, and loss of companionship.

 

 

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FAQ: Defending Michigan's Wrongfully Accused


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

DEFENDING MICHIGAN'S WRONGFULLY ACCUSED

CASE EVALUATION

FAQ: Defending Michigan's Wrongfully Accused


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

DEFENDING MICHIGAN'S WRONGFULLY ACCUSED

CASE EVALUATION

DEFENDING THE WRONGFULLY ACCUSED

+ IS IT POSSIBLE TO GET A CASE DISMISSED WHEN YOU ARE CHARGED WITH A SERIOUS CRIME?

Although rare, some criminal cases can be dismissed before trial. The procedure for filing a pretrial motion to dismiss varies depending on where the case is, but the motion can be effective when used properly. Most motions are requests to admit, suppress, or exclude evidence at trial, but the purpose of a motion to dismiss is to stop the criminal prosecution altogether.

+ WILL I HAVE TO SPEND TIME IN JAIL FOR A CRIMINAL CHARGE?

Initially, after your arrest, you may spend some time incarcerated prior to your arraignment, which is the formal hearing in which you are charged with the crime. For more serious offenses, and if the Judge believes you are a flight risk, you may be required to post a higher bond. During your arraignment, you will enter a plea and your bond will be set by the Judge or Magistrate. Your lawyer should advocate for your release during your initial appearance or arraignment, and the Judge or Magistrate may set additional bond conditions that fit your case.

+ WHAT IS A PRELIMINARY EXAMINATION?

If you have been arrested and charged with a felony, a preliminary examination is the court hearing that is used to determine if enough evidence exists for the case to continue. If, after listening to the testimony and evidence, the district court judge finds that an offense was probably committed, and that you probably committed it, your case will be transferred to the circuit court for further proceedings. Although rare, it is possible to get your charges dismissed at this stage of the proceedings.

+ HOW WILL BAIL BE DETERMINED?

Bail is determined based on many factors. When deciding whether you or a family member should be released before trial, the court considers information such as prior criminal history, including juvenile offenses; history of nonappearances; history of substance abuse or addiction; reputation for dangerousness; the seriousness of the offense charged; the probability of conviction and likely sentence; employment status and financial history; the availability of responsible members of the community who vouch for the defendant; and ties to the community.

+ WHAT IS A BENCH WARRANT?

A bench warrant is a written order issued by a judge authorizing the arrest of a person, who is usually charged with a crime.