What Are My Options if My Loved One Was Killed Due to the Negligence of Someone Else?

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IL accident lawyerOne of the most stressful events that you could ever experience in life is the death of a loved one. While we will all have to experience the loss of someone close to us at one point or another, experiencing that loss unexpectedly can be even more stressful than it would usually be. When you suddenly lose a loved one, you now have expenses that you were not planning for and in some cases, even financial losses that can devastate your family. Thankfully, you have the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit if another person is at fault for the death of your loved one.

Filing a Wrongful Death Claim

Wrongful death lawsuits can cover a variety of actions, both intentional and unintentional, that are taken by individuals that cause the death of another person. For example, a common reason why wrongful death claims are filed are from deaths from car accidents. In most cases, a wrongful death claim involves a personal injury claim that could have been made by the deceased individual if they were still alive.

However, obviously rather than the deceased individual, his or her spouse or close family member is permitted to file the wrongful death claim for the losses associated. In most cases, the statute of limitations for a wrongful death case is two years after the incident. However, if the incident involved violent intentional conduct, the state of Illinois allows for a five-year statute of limitations.

Damages Available for Wrongful Death

There are various types of damages that are available to you and your family if you are successful in your wrongful death claim. Some of these damages may include:

  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Medical expenses
  • Loss of future income and/or job-related benefits
  • Loss of future inheritance
  • Loss of parental guidance
  • Loss of spousal companionship
  • Pain and suffering of your spouse prior to their death

Our Illinois Wrongful Death Attorney is Here For You

Even though it may be the last thing on your mind immediately after a traumatic accident, filing a wrongful death lawsuit can be beneficial for your family if you have lost a loved one due to the negligence of another. James A. Payonk Jr., Attorney at Law, understands how significant an event losing a loved one is and has the skills to be cognizant of both your emotional and legal needs. If you are interested in pursuing a wrongful death case for your loved one’s death, get in touch with our Orland Park, IL wrongful death attorney today to begin discussing your case. We offer free consultations; call our office today at 708-966-2408

 

Sources:

https://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs3.asp?ActID=2059&ChapterID=57

https://courts.illinois.gov/court/CircuitCourt/CivilJuryInstructions/31.00.pdf

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