Dependents who lose a loved one in an accident caused by another’s negligence may file a wrongful death claim. Insurance companies have specific criteria for evaluating dependent claims, but keep in mind their interests are in keeping down costs. A Michigan injury lawyer, on the other hand, will have your best interests at heart and fight to help you gain appropriate compensation.
General Criteria Insurers Use
Whether the claimant is a dependent child, parent, or spouse, the insurance company will apply the following general criteria in valuing the claim:
Factored into the equation will be living costs for the decedent. Keep in mind that just because the insurer ostensibly uses formulas and applies general criteria, this does not mean that they will evaluate the claim fairly. Your Michigan injury lawyer will help ensure that your claim is evaluated properly.
Status of Dependent
The dependent’s status, or relationship, to the decedent, is the most important factor the insurer will use in determining the value of a claim. He or she will apply the above criteria to the claimant, such as:
For Further Questions
If you have further questions or need the assistance of a Michigan injury lawyer, call the Law Offices of Christopher Trainor & Associates to arrange a consultation. We are a dedicated and experienced team who will help you with your wrongful death claim. Call today: 800-961-8477.