Under Michigan’s no-fault law, if you’ve lost a loved one in an auto accident, you may be entitled to survivor loss benefits from the driver’s insurance company, regardless of who was at fault. Survivor loss benefits are a form of monetary support provided to family members to make up for loss of financial support, income, household services and more. If you’ve recently lost a family member in a motor vehicle accident, it’s essential that you contact an auto accident attorney to see if you can collect survivor loss benefits.
If you do qualify, you are able to benefits for up to three years after the accident occurred. Depending on the circumstances, the amount that you collect may vary, however, a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer will help you determine what you are eligible for and, more importantly, will fight to collect the maximum amount payable.
In order to file, you must be a dependent of the victim, this includes spouses, children under 18 and any other party that the courts deem eligible based on the facts. To file, you must submit your claim to your insurance adjuster along with a copy of the deceased’s death certificate and funeral bill. Often, initial claims will be denied, which is why it is important to hire an experienced Kalamazoo auto accident lawyer that will fight on your behalf.
At Giffels Law Office, we have years of experience fighting for our clients. Focusing solely on victims, we do not – and will never – represent insurance companies. With a wealth of knowledge pertaining to Michigan auto accidents and “no-fault” law, we’re able to navigate the often murky waters of the legal system to provide you with the best chance to achieve a favorable outcome. If you’ve recently suffered the loss of a loved one in a car accident, contact us today to learn more about survivor loss benefits and how we can help you get the benefits that you deserve.