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IL- The Chicago.suntimes.com reports that a woman from Illinois was killedin a tragic boat accident in Missouri that cost 17 people their lives. The victim from Illinois was identifiedas Leslie Dennison, 64. The victims ranged in age from one to 76. The accident happened on Thursday, July 19, 2018,at about 7 p.m. on Table Rock Lake which is locatednear Branson.

According to weather records, a severe thunderstorm warning was issuedfor the area around the lake. The winds reportedly reached about 70 miles per hour. The warning was issued about half an hour before the boat capsized.

Twenty-nine people were on the boat when it sank, fourteen people survived, but seven of them were injured. One survivor said that while the boat had life vests, the captain of the boat told the passengers that they would not require life vests. She said that by the time the storm hit, it was too late.

Duck boats are capable of traveling on the land and in the water. These vessels have been involvedin other tragic accidents in the past. In 2015, five college students died in a collision between a duck boat and a bus. In 199, a duck boat sank in Hot Springs, killing 13 people.

The duck boat sank in an area where the water was 40 feet deepbut then rolled into a deeper area that was about 80 feet deep.

The cause of the tragedy is still undetermined. The investigation indicates that the winds had hurricane forces, but investigators are not sure why the boat went out in the first place.

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If you or a loved one has been injured or killed due to another’s negligence, contact Stein & Shulman, LLC, today to discuss your legal options with a skilled personal injury and wrongful death lawsuit attorney in Illinois. You can schedule a case consultation at no cost to you by calling our office at (312) 422-0506.

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IL- The host.madison.com reports that a 21-year-old wrestler died in a car accident in Illinois on Thursday, July 5, 2018. Eli Stickley was driving a 2004 Nissan Frontier on I-74 when he lost control of the vehicle and drove off of the road and into a ditch. Stickley then attempted to drive back into his lane but overcorrected causing the vehicle to roll. The vehicle ended up in the passing lane on its passenger side.

A passenger was traveling in the vehicle with Stickley,andboth were transportedto the Illini Hospital. The passenger’s condition and identity have not been released. Stickley was declared dead at the hospital.

Stickley was due to enter his redshirt junior season with the wrestling team at the University of Wisconsin. Stickley’s coach described him as a “really good kid.”

Rollover crashes are some of the deadliest on the road. While vehicle crashes involving rollovers are rare, these crashes account for over one-third of car crash-related deaths. Any car can overturn under the right set of circumstances, but cars that are taller and narrower, and more top heavy are more likely to roll over. Rollover crashes occur more often with SUVs, pickup trucks, and vans.

The speed a vehicle is traveling at also plays a major role in whether it flips. About 40% of deadly rollovers involve a driver traveling above the speed limit, and almost three out of four fatal rollovers happened on roadways with speed limits that are over 55 miles per hour. Close to half of these crashes involve alcohol as well.

While one might think rollovers would be more common in difficult driving conditions, most happen in routine driving maneuvers such as traveling straight or rounding a curve in the road. The reason for this is likely that drivers often let their guard down when they are engaged in routine driving and do not perceive any serious risks.

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If you were injured in a vehicle accident in Illinois, contact Stein & Shulman, LLC, today to discuss your legal options with a skilled fatal auto accident lawyer in Illinois. You can schedule a case consultation at no cost to you by calling our office at (312) 422-0506.

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Chicago, IL 60602
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When a Loved One is Killed in a Crash: Wrongful Death Lawsuits

Thousands of Americans are killed in motor vehicle accidents every year. These accidents may involve cars, trucks, bicycles, motorcycles, or even pedestrians. Distracted driving, bad weather, and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol have all been to blame in many of these accidents. When someone is negligent and kills another driver or passenger, what do the surviving family members do?

Surviving family members of the deceased will need to file a wrongful death action to recover for their losses. Though wrongful death cases are generally filed on behalf of the person who died, surviving family members are able to file their own claims as well to seek compensation for the loss of their loved one.

Only certain relatives have standing to file a wrongful death claim. Generally, wrongful death cases are filed by surviving spouses or children of the deceased. This is because wrongful death cases must be filed by the personal representatives of the deceased’s estate, and these individuals are most commonly appointed as personal representatives.

In a wrongful death case, the survivors of the deceased must show:

  • A person has died;
  • The death was caused by negligence; and
  • There are surviving family members who have been injured by the death.

Without one of the elements listed above, the claim may fail and the surviving family members may not be entitled to any damages.

The damages in a wrongful death lawsuit include a variety of expenses.

There are two primary categories of damages in wrongful death claims. The first category includes damages that occur from the moment the negligent act occurs until the victim has died. The second category includes damages the survivors have experienced after the victim has died.

 For example, survivors of the deceased may be able to recover:

  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of future financial support
  • Loss of companionship
  • Grief and mental suffering

Other types of damages may also be available, depending on the circumstances surrounding the death. The amount of damages available varies significantly depending on how the death occurred. For example, if a victim was seriously injured and suffered for an extended period of time before passing away, the victim’s surviving family members may have a larger claim as compared to someone who was killed instantly in a car accident. Family members of younger accident victims who have decades left to work may also have a larger claim for damages as opposed to the family members of an older person who has already retired.

An experienced wrongful death attorney will be able to determine the best routes to take to maximize the recovery in a wrongful death claim.

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At Stein & Shulman LLC, we understand that pursuing a wrongful death claim is traumatic and painful. To speak with an attorney and receive your free consultation and learn about your legal options, call (312) 422-0506 today.

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What does a personal injury lawyer charge in legal fees?

At Stein & Shulman, LLC, we represent victims of all types of vehicle accidents in Illinois to help them recover much-needed compensation. The most serious accidents we see involve the death of loved ones and extreme grief to family members left behind. Our attorneys are committed to pursuing justice on behalf of hurting families and their lost loved ones. In this blog, we discuss some of the aspects of wrongful death vehicle accident cases in Illinois.

Who can pursue a wrongful death case under Illinois law?

Under Illinois law, only a personal representative may pursue a wrongful death cause of action on behalf of a decedent. If your loved one did not designate a personal representative prior to his or her passing (in a will or other legal document), a court of law can appoint a personal representative of your family’s choosing. The cause of action will be in the name of the personal representative and on behalf of your loved one, his/her surviving spouse, and his/her next of kin.

What types of losses can you claim in an Illinois wrongful death accident case?

When your loved one dies in a vehicle accident as the result of someone else’s wrongful conduct, Illinois law allows you to pursue numerous types of damages for your losses. This can include all of the following, depending on the circumstances of your case:

  • Medical expenses of your loved one
  • Funeral/burial/cremation expenses of your loved one
  • Loss of monetary support because of your loved one’s death
  • Loss of household services because of your loved one’s death
  • Your own emotional pain and mental suffering related to your loved one’s death
  • Punitive damages (if appropriate)

All of these damages can be recovered only for the benefit of the surviving spouse and next of kin. The court overseeing the case will determine the best way to divide any damages awarded in accordance with Illinois law.

What is the Illinois statute of limitations on wrongful death cases?

A statute of limitations is filing deadline for a claim that is imposed by state law. It is very important to understand your case’s statute of limitations because if you fail to timely file your case in court, you might never be able to file it. Illinois’ statute of limitations on wrongful death cases is generally two years. Therefore, you typically have two years from the date of your family member’s death to file your claim. However, certain exceptions can apply, depending on the facts of your love one’s passing. This is why it is particularly important to hire an attorney to properly assess your claims.

If your loved one died in a vehicle accident, contact Stein & Shulman, LLC, today to talk to a compassionate attorney about your options for legal recourse. You can reach our office 24 hours a day and schedule a free consultation by calling (312) 422-0506.

Stein & Shulman, LLC
134 N LaSalle St, #820
Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 422-0506
Hours: We are Open 24/7
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