WRONGFUL DEATH

Fatal Accidents, Injuries, and Illnesses

Losing a loved one is devastating, especially when another person’s wrongful action caused their death. If you have lost a family member or a loved one due to the negligence of another party or parties, you may qualify for compensation for your loss with a wrongful death claim.

In wrongful death cases, it is crucial to obtain an experienced attorney. At Illinois Accident Helpline, we realize this will be a particularly difficult time for you. Our network will match you with an attorney who understands the traumatic impact this catastrophic loss has on your family. Your attorney will provide you with compassionate assistance to guide you through this complex process.

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Losing a loved one is devastating, especially when another person’s wrongful action caused their death. If you have lost a family member or a loved one due to the negligence of another party or parties, you may qualify for compensation for your loss with a wrongful death claim.

In wrongful death cases, it is crucial to obtain an experienced attorney. At Illinois Accident Helpline, we realize this will be a particularly difficult time for you. Our network will match you with an attorney who understands the traumatic impact this catastrophic loss has on your family. Your attorney will provide you with compassionate assistance to guide you through this complex process.

Find a Wrongful Death Lawyer Near You


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If another person or parties can be proven negligent, Illinois law allows recovery in several areas such as:

  • Medical expenses from their illness or injury

  • Pain and suffering the deceased endured before death

  • Loss of care or companionship

  • Burial and funeral expenses

  • Lost wages and benefits

There are additional areas of recovery under Illinois law if your loved one survives for a time after the accident then later succumbs to the injury.

COMMON TYPES OF WRONGFUL DEATH CASES

  • Car accidents
  • Semi-truck accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Pedestrian and bicycle accidents
  • Premise liability accidents
  • Drowning
  • Boating accidents
  • Fatal workplace accidents and injuries
  • Accidental poisoning and overdoses
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The Wrongful Death Act

In a wrongful death lawsuit, an attorney must prove that negligence or misconduct was involved. If a party would have been responsible for your loved one’s injuries had they not been catastrophic, then they also may be accountable for their wrongful death.

“Whenever the death of a person shall be caused by wrongful act, neglect or default, and the act, neglect or default is such as would, if death had not ensued, have entitled the party injured to maintain an action and recover damages in respect thereof, then and in every such case the person who or company or corporation which would have been liable if death had not ensued, shall be liable to an action for damages, notwithstanding the death of the person injured, and although the death shall have been caused under such circumstances as amount in law to felony.”

740 ILCS 180/1

For a possible wrongful death case, you must establish the following elements:

  • The responsible person or entity has a duty to exercise reasonable caution. For example, motorists have a duty to drive safely and obey traffic laws.
  • Breach of Duty of Care: That party breached this legal duty through careless, reckless, or neglectful actions.
  • Causation: The breach of duty directly led to the accident in which your loved one was killed.

WHO CAN BRING A WRONGFUL DEATH CLAIM IN ILLINOIS?

A wrongful death claim must be brought by a personal representative of the deceased victim. Usually, the representative is a member of the deceased’s immediate family. Under the Wrongful Death Act, the surviving spouse and children are eligible to file a wrongful death claim and recover damages. In the absence of a spouse or children, the parents or siblings of the deceased may file the claim.

Motorcycle Accident, Bike Tipped Over with Rider Laid on Ground

FIND OUT HOW MUCH YOUR CLAIM IS WORTH

Navigating the law to claim compensation can be confusing. Our professionals will guide you through the claims process and connect you with an attorney who can professionally analyze your case. It doesn’t cost you anything to know where you stand.

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FIND OUT HOW MUCH YOUR CLAIM IS WORTH

Navigating the law to claim compensation can be confusing. Our professionals will guide you through the claims process and connect you with an attorney who can professionally analyze your case. It doesn’t cost you anything to know where you stand.

Inquire Now