Chicago Wrongful Death Attorney
Seeking Compensation for the Loss of a Loved One
Losing a loved one in an unexpected manner is a devastating experience that can leave family members in a state of shock and loss. When such a death occurs due to the negligence, carelessness, or wrongdoing of another, legal recourse can be taken through a wrongful death claim or lawsuit. Though nothing can bring back the life that was lost, immediate family members can be compensated for their financial and emotional losses.
Such an action can allow you to find closure after a serious loss.
If you have lost a loved one through the misconduct of another anywhere in the state of Illinois, you should consult with a Chicago wrongful death lawyer at Duncan Law Group. You can discuss your case directly with an attorney to find out what legal action can be taken on behalf of you and your immediate family members. The firm is devoted exclusively to the pursuit of justice for those who have been injured or have suffered the wrongful death of a loved one, and we are ready to take action on your behalf.
Filing a Claim Under the Illinois Wrongful Death Act
A wrongful death claim may be initiated by immediate family members, such as a surviving spouse, or through the decedent's estate representative. Such a claim alleges that the death occurred as a result of a wrongful act, neglect, or default, that the decedent would have been entitled to file a claim for damages if he or she had lived, and that monetary damages were brought about by his or her death.
Damages that may be recovered for wrongful death include:
- Medical and funeral expenses
- Loss of benefits or services
- Loss of future earnings by the decedent
- Loss of companionship and society
How long do I have to file a wrongful death lawsuit?
In the state of Illinois, all civil actions are subject to a statute of limitations. This means that you will only have a certain amount of time, after the death of your loved one, to take action against the responsible party. Per state law, all wrongful death claims must be filed within one year of your family member's death, or within the statute of limitations set forth by law for the underlying type of case – depending on which one occurs later. For example, the statute of limitations for
personal injury is typically two years, which means that plaintiffs have at least one year, and as many as two, to file a claim.
If you fail to file your wrongful death claim within the allotted amount of time, you could be barred from making a financial recovery altogether. For this reason, it is highly recommended that you set up a free initial consultation with a Chicago injury attorney at Duncan Law Group today. As soon as you bring us your case, the sooner we can ensure that the necessary steps are being take to investigate the accident in which your loved one was killed, gather evidence and file an official claim against all liable parties. We have more than a decade of legal experience that we can put to work for you; call today!
To learn more about your options, call the legal team at Duncan Law Group for a free consultation. We have a multi-million dollar track record of successful cases. Contact us today!