Losing a loved one is one of the most difficult and challenging experiences in life. If your loved one has died as the result of a car accident he or she did not cause, medical malpractice, or another negligent act, it can be even more difficult.
Contact our law firm to understand your family’s options if you suspect wrongful death. If you lost a loved one due to an act of negligence, you and your family may be able to recover compensation for any physical, financial, and emotional losses resulting from the wrongful death. Clifford Law Offices can help you file a wrongful death lawsuit; get in touch with us today. We are an award-winning, nationally recognized law firm with decades of personal injury and wrongful death experience. We have obtained over $3 billion in settlements for our clients.
According to 740 Illinois Compiled Statutes 180, wrongful death is:
You can hold the person or entity responsible for the death liable through a wrongful death lawsuit. These lawsuits allow the spouse of the deceased or the next of kin to claim financial compensation for losses resulting from the wrongful death.
In Illinois, only the personal representative of the deceased’s estate can file a wrongful death lawsuit. The deceased’s will or estate plan usually names this individual. If these documents do not name a representative or the deceased did not leave a will behind, the court can appoint one. This representative can be:
A wrongful death lawsuit is subject to a statute of limitations, based on either the death date or the type of incident. The statute of limitations for a wrongful death lawsuit is either:
The court bases the statute of limitations on whichever date is later. For example, if the cause of death would fall under a personal injury lawsuit if death had not occurred, the statute of limitations is two years. The jury awards damages in wrongful death cases for the benefit of the surviving spouse and next of kin. Damages that you can recover from a wrongful death lawsuit include:
If you lost a loved one due to an accident, medical malpractice, or another form of wrongful death, you and your family deserve fair compensation for your financial losses and emotional distress. Contact us today to schedule a free case review at our Chicago offices.