Chicago Wrongful Death Lawyers
Compensation for the loss of a family member
When you have lost a loved one due to another person's negligent or intentional act, our wrongful death attorneys help you recover damages for your unnecessary tragedy. Types of damages available in cases include medical expenses, funeral expenses and other losses such as—
- Financial support
- Future inheritance
- Spousal companionship
- Parental guidance
If your family member survived for a period of time between the injury and death, damages may also be awarded for conscious pain and suffering. When the death was caused by an intentional or willful act, punitive damages may also be pursued.
Who Can Sue for Wrongful Death in Illinois?
Losing a loved one can be absolutely devastating. Illinois’ “Wrongful Death Act” designates who can and who cannot sue for a loved one that was killed. Next-of-kin are eligible to sue for the wrongful death of a loved one, which includes a surviving spouse or children. If there are none, then any siblings or parents of the deceased are considered. The court appoints the next-of-kin as a personal representative in charge of bringing the death claim on the behalf of the estate.
Medical negligence resulting in death
Many wrongful death cases arise from fatalities due to medical malpractice. Some of the most common medical mistakes leading to lawsuits include—
- Improper medication prescribed
- Surgical error made
Our lawyers study the medical records carefully and consult with nationally-known medical experts to determine if you have grounds for a claim.
Fatal personal injuries
Any personal injury resulting in death has the potential to lead to a wrongful death claim if negligence or intent can be shown. Lawsuits may be filed when fatalities occur after—
- Auto accidents
- Transportation accidents
- Nursing home abuse
- Work injuries
- Premises injuries
- Birth injuries
- Injuries to children
- Brain or spinal injuries
Our attorneys know how to demonstrate the negligent or intentional acts that support a successful action for the loss of a loved one.
Compensation for wrongful death
When determining the appropriate amount of compensation for your loved ones passing, the decedent's will be assessed in various ways such as—
- Earning history
- Potential future earnings
- Relationship to the surviving heir
- Life expectancy
- Contribution to the household
In a jury trial, the value of the loss suffered by the survivors is often most clearly conveyed by their testimony. We help bring the family together to present a compelling case for the highest possible award.
Our wrongful death attorneys seek appropriate compensation for your loss
We have helped many family members recover the compensation they deserve from the companies or individuals responsible for a family member's death. There are many different types of wrongful death and product liability situations and different laws and statutes in the State of Illinois that apply.
If a loved one has been killed or seriously injured by an accident or defective product, it is crucial that a personal representative does not wait too long to pursue litigation. If the statute of limitations passes, the court may refuse to hear the case and the family will be left with no recourse. The statute of limitations may vary depending on the cause of death. It is crucial you speak to one of our wrongful death attorneys immediately to ensure you have time to file your case.
These cases are challenging and insurance companies work hard to defeat them, but our lawyers are committed to securing the compensation you deserve.