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Sisters Killed in Car Accident While Traveling for a Family Vacation

November 16, 2021

On June 20, 2021, two sisters died in a car accident while heading to Northern Michigan. The girls were traveling for a family vacation. The 22-year-old and 16-year-old sisters were in the same vehicle while their father drove in a separate car.

The car driven by the two sisters was struck by another car heading in the opposite direction. The woman in the other vehicle tried to avoid a crash and ran off the road and into oncoming traffic. 

Emergency responders pronounced the sisters dead at the accident scene. The driver that hit the sisters’ vehicle also went to the hospital for injuries sustained in the accident. The medical facility airlifted her to another hospital because she had life-threatening injuries.

When a loved one is the victim of a fatal car accident, the at-fault driver is liable for the collision and damages that arise. The surviving family members can bring a wrongful death lawsuit to seek compensation for financial losses, such as funeral and burial expenses and medical bills. They may also recover for noneconomic damages, including loss of companionship and emotional distress.

Throughout the case, litigation expenses arise and can be costly. Legal action can create a financial strain, and the family may need to find a way to cover the costs. Litigation funding is an ideal option to help pay the expenses.

Legal funding is a service in which a third-party financing company loans money to a borrower to pay for litigation or personal expenses throughout the lawsuit. Unlike traditional loans, borrowers do not have to repay the legal financing out of their own pockets. Repayment of the loan comes from the money the borrower receives from the lawsuit. Therefore, the third party that provides the funding only gets the loan returned if the borrower wins or settles the case.

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Son and estate of police detective killed in a motor vehicle accident receives a $14 million settlement

February 26, 2021

On December 24, 2018, Louisville Metro Police Detective Deidre Mengedoht was killed in a car accident after a semi-truck crashed into her police vehicle. The officer was conducting a traffic stop when the crash occurred. The semi-truck also injured people in the pickup truck that was pulled over. 

Roger Burdette, the truck driver, was a Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) employee. At the time of the accident, he was in the course of his employment. MSD fired Burdette after the crash. 

Burdette was criminally charged with murder, four counts of wanton endangerment, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and failing to give the right of way to a stopped emergency vehicle. Toxicology reports showed that the semi-truck driver had hydrocodone in his system at the time of the accident.

Two legal claims were filed. One lawsuit was submitted on behalf of the officer’s estate. The other lawsuit was brought on behalf of the detective’s son. The suits were filed against the semi-truck driver and his employer, Burdette and MSD, respectively. 

Burdette was accused of negligence and MSD of failure to employ, supervise and train Burdette properly.

The case went to mediation, and the parties settled for $13.65 million. The estate was awarded $10 million. The detective’s son, who was nine years old at the time of the crash, was awarded $3.65 million.  

The four individuals in the pickup truck also filed a separate lawsuit for their injuries and emotional trauma.

Wrongful death lawsuits arise when a person dies due to another person’s wrongful act or negligent act. In Michigan, a personal representative brings the lawsuit in the name of the estate of the person who died from the accident. The lawsuit can seek to recover compensation for economic and non-economic damages.

Non-economic losses include pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of consortium. The economic losses include medical expenses and care, burial costs, and loss of future earnings.

Wrongful death lawsuits cost money to begin the litigation. As the lawsuit progresses, additional fees and costs arise. Additionally, lawsuits are time-consuming and complex; therefore, it is best to hire an attorney to handle the case. However, attorney’s fees and costs can also add to the financial weight of litigation. Although a lawsuit may be costly, a person should not forego legal action when their legal injury caused them to suffer financial and emotional damages. Litigation funding may be the solution to the financial hurdle of a lawsuit.

Legal funding provides monetary assistance to a third party to pay for a lawsuit’s fees and costs. The financing helps a plaintiff hire legal representation based on skill and experience without settling for an attorney based on the costs. Although the third-party financing company pays the money for the litigation, it does not control the lawsuit. The client still decides the direction of the case. 

Also, the attorney does not work for the financer; they work for the client. Because of attorney-client privilege, communications remain private, and the legal funding company does not have the right privileged information.

“Another benefit of litigation financing is that the client does not pay back the loan out-of-pocket. The loan company only gets money back if the borrower wins or settles the case,” says Daren Monroe. The loan’s risk rests with the funding company, which provides financial relief to the plaintiff.

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