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Wrongful Death and Auto Accidents in Washtenaw County

By Daniel T. Geherin

The loss of a family member in an automobile accident leaves you shocked, angry, and in grief. Once these emotions begin to subside, you might wonder what you can do to attain justice. If your family member was killed in a car accident in Washtenaw County, you need to contact a civil litigation firm with the right experience and skills in handling wrongful death cases.

Filing a wrongful death lawsuit can help surviving family members obtain compensation from the party who was negligent, intentional, or criminal conduct caused the death of your family member. Contact the wrongful death attorneys in Ann Arbor at Geherin Law Group right away for help answering the following questions properly:

What law governs wrongful death in Michigan?

In Michigan, MCL 600.2922 is the Wrongful Death Act and sets the parameters for how certain family members can file a wrongful death lawsuit. The lawsuit must be filed within three (3) years after the death. However, it’s crucial to consult with a specialized attorney as soon as possible to avoid missing deadlines and to obtain and preserve evidence for your case.

What type of compensation can I seek?

Surviving family members may be able to recover fair and reasonable damages to cover medical expenses, funeral expenses, lost income and lost society/companionship of the deceased, and pain and suffering of the deceased for the time between injury/accident and death. Eligible family members may include the deceased’s spouse, children, descendants, parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters, the deceased’s estate, or the children of the deceased’s spouse. The court will assign one of these members as a ‘personal representative’ in the lawsuit.

How do I make sure I receive a justifiable amount of compensation?

Ensuring you recover the right amount of compensation means obtaining a law firm that will fight on your behalf. The team at Geherin Law Group is a trial-based, personal justice law firm in Ann Arbor that handles criminal and civil litigation, including representing family members whose loved one was killed by the criminally-negligent behavior of another party.

To us, it’s personal. That’s more than our slogan. We fight every day, in and out of court, to bring justice to families who have suffered the most tragic type of personal legal crisis—the wrongful death of their family member.  

Attorney Daniel T. Geherin has achieved the highest rating—AV Preeminent—for ethics and ability by Martindale-Hubbell. He has been named by SuperLawyers, Detroit Business, and Leading Lawyers Magazine. He’s a dedicated, respected, ethical, and board-certified trial attorney who fights every day for those who need it most. Dan and his team will fight aggressively on your behalf to ensure a fair payment from the insurance company.

If you have questions, please contact our firm at (734) 263-2780. We offer free telephone or in-person office consultations. You may also email us at We use contingency fee agreements for wrongful death cases, meaning we do not collect a dime unless you do. We only accept wrongful death cases when we’re confident in bringing family members the justice they deserve. If we can’t help you, we’ll honestly tell you and, if possible, refer you to other attorneys who are specialized to take on the fight.