Losing a family member is difficult at any time, but even more so when the loss is sudden and could have been prevented. Following a fatal accident caused by another person’s negligence, recklessness, or wrongdoing, you may be entitled to collect certain damages for the loss of your loved one.
The Chicago area injury attorneys at Speers, Reuland & Cibulskis, P.C. have handled wrongful death lawsuits arising from auto accidents, trucking accidents, defective products, and dangerous premises, helping many families recover the compensation they need to begin rebuilding their lives after tragedy.
An Experienced Aurora Injury Attorney Explains Illinois’ Wrongful Death Act
When a person’s death is caused by the wrongful act, neglect, or default of another, Illinois’ Wrongful Death Act allows the deceased person’s family members or estate to seek compensation for damages they have suffered due to the death of the victim. The Act distinguishes between people who can file a wrongful death lawsuit and those who may receive the proceeds of an award.
Our wrongful death lawyers can help family members determine who is authorized to file a lawsuit on behalf of the estate of the deceased victim. The estate executor or an appointed personal representative actually brings the wrongful death claim for the victim’s beneficiaries, who include the surviving spouse and/or “next of kin.”
The damages recoverable in a wrongful death action include losses suffered by the family members of the deceased person. These include damages for grief, sorrow, and mental suffering, in addition to financial losses incurred as a result of the death, such as medical expenses, funeral costs, lost pension and retirement benefits, and lost future earnings.
Statute of Limitations
Laws in Illinois set a deadline for filing a wrongful death lawsuit. The deadline may vary depending on the parties involved and other facts of the case.
Talk to One of Our Wrongful Death Lawyers If You Have Lost a Loved One in an Accident
The wrongful death attorneys at Speers, Reuland & Cibulskis, P.C. will ensure that your family’s rights are protected if you have lost a loved one in an accident. Please contact our offices to schedule a free initial consultation with an experienced Aurora wrongful death lawyer.
We handle wrongful death cases on a contingency arrangement, which means you pay no legal fees until we achieve a recovery on your behalf.
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