When a person's life ends tragically because of another person's negligence, family members are left devastated. They need to grieve, and the last thing they think about is a wrongful death lawsuit. At Ktenas Injury Lawyers, our personal injury lawyers understand that the recovery of financial compensation can never compensate for the pain of losing a loved one too soon. However, a personal injury claim can help your family recover financially from the tragic loss of a loved one and may prevent future tragic incidents from occurring.
If you're looking for the right wrongful death attorney to represent your family after the tragic loss of a family member, then we've got you covered. Our compassionate Chicago wrongful death attorneys can support your family through this difficult time and help you and your family recover fair settlement to cover medical and burial expenses. To schedule a free initial consultation with one of our experienced Chicago personal injury attorneys, contact our personal injury law firm today at (312) 300-2515.
In Illinois, the next of kin can file a wrongful death accident lawsuit against the individual or the company responsible for negligent actions that led to the death of a loved one. If a state, county, or city agency is responsible, special regulations may apply. Thus, you should seek legal representation by contacting an experienced wrongful death attorney who has extensive experience helping wrongful death victims recover fair wrongful death settlements. Examples of liable parties in a wrongful death action could include:
For a wrongful death claim to be successful, there are certain elements that you must prove before you can be awarded any monetary damages. This means that the plaintiff must prove beyond reasonable doubt that the at-fault party was negligent and that the negligent behavior caused the death in question.
Often, the elements that the plaintiff must prove in a wrongful death accident case include:
The time limit you have to file a civil lawsuit is known as the “statute of limitations.” If you're filing a wrongful death lawsuit, for instance, the statute of limitations is two years from the day your loved one died.
However, there are deviations from this rule. For instance:
If, for instance, you're suing a government agency for the wrongful death of a family member, file the wrongful death claim within one year. Thus, it's essential to have a personal injury attorney review your case to establish if special time limits apply.
The damages that you can recover after the death of a family member depend on whether the wrongful death claim is brought under the Wrongful Death Act or Illinois Survival Act.
In a survival claim, the estate may recover damages for the harm the deceased person suffered between the time of injury and the time of death, which include:
The individual survivors or the estate of the deceased may bring a separate lawsuit to recover funeral expenses. In a lawsuit, the surviving family members may recover fair compensation for their own pecuniary losses, including the loss of consortium, loss of services, loss of protection, and financial burdens caused by the death.
The amount depends on evidence of what the deceased typically contributed in the past and what they would have contributed in the future. Damages for grief and sorrow are also recoverable damages.
The amount also depends on the degree of a surviving member’s dependency. Here, your relationship with the deceased plays a crucial role. For example, a spouse may seek to recover monetary damages for a loss of companionship, while a child may seek to recover financial compensation for the loss of instruction.
If you have lost a loved one in a fatal accident caused by another person's negligent actions, the wrongful death attorneys at Ktenas Injury Lawyers can help you recover the financial losses you're entitled to. Our wrongful death lawyers will focus on legal matters so that you can focus on more pressing issues while you grieve and work through your loss. We work on a contingency basis, which means you only need to pay for our legal services once we win your case.
We have helped thousands of wrongful death victims in Cook County, Lake County, Kane County, DuPage County, Will County and throughout Illinois recover maximum compensation and we can help you, too. To schedule a free and confidential consultation, contact our Chicago personal injury firm today at (312) 300-2515.