Last Updated: February 5, 2018
Wrongful Death Lawyers in Chicago, Illinois
Assisting the Families of Cook County Fatal Accident Victims—Chicagoland Wrongful Death Lawyers
There are few challenges in life more trying or heartbreaking than losing someone you love in a tragic accident. When you lose your child, a parent, or someone else that you love, it is likely that you will be overcome with emotions, including anxiety, frustration, sadness and even anger. Although it is never easy to learn that someone you love has been taken from you in a tragic accident, it is even harder to come to terms with the loss of someone you love when it is caused by the negligent conduct of another individual, government entity, or business. In the wake of a fatal tragic accident involving a loved one, many people struggle to muster the emotional strength to face the aggravation of dealing with legal challenges and uncooperative insurance adjusters.
At Stein & Shulman, LLC, our experienced and compassionate team of Chicago wrongful death attorneys and staff represents the families of fatal accidents with compassion, competence, and dedication in pursuit of the best possible outcome for our clients. We know that no amount of money will restore the love of a family member who has been lost or ease the pain associated with knowing you will never hold the person in your arms again. However, pragmatic real-world problems accompany the deep emotional challenges associated with losing a close family member.
If a loved one who has been lost was the primary breadwinner in the family, you might be facing a mountain of household and medical bills with no realistic way to cover these mounting expenses. A wrongful death claim can serve a number of functions for family members that have lost someone they love by providing closure, punishing the wrongdoer, discouraging such behavior in the future, and providing a financial foundation to secure the future of your family. The experienced Chicago wrongful death attorneys at Stein & Shulman, LLC combine innovative ,litigation strategies with tenacious advocacy and empathetic representation to help our clients heal and rebuild their lives.
Understanding Wrongful Death Law in Illinois
If you lose a loved one in a tragic incident involving a third-party, a personal representative may initiate a claim for wrongful death. If you are a spouse, parent, or an adult child of the decedent, you can serve as the personal representative. If the decedent does not appoint a personal representative prior to dying, the court can appoint a personal representative to pursue the wrongful death claim and handle other matters related to the estate. While the wrongful death action is brought on behalf of the deceased for his or her losses, the surviving family members also may recover compensation for their own losses stemming from the death of their loved one.
The extent of the misconduct by the person who causes the death of someone you love will determine the scope of recoverable damages. In incidents that are based on reckless misconduct, the court may even award punitive (exemplary) damages. This type of damages is designed to address conduct that is particularly offensive and objectionable both to punish the wrongdoer and to discourage future similar bad acts. An example of reckless conduct that might justify an award of punitive damages would be a driver who causes a fatal drunk driving collision. Any intentional act that causes a wrongful death will usually support punitive damages against the wrongdoer with an example being someone who commits a violent crime resulting in a fatality.
Illinois Wrongful Death Statutes
Under the Illinois wrongful death statute damages are paid “for the exclusive benefit of the surviving spouse and next of kin of [the] deceased person.” The court distributes proceeds from the verdict or settlement in accordance with the surviving loved one’s degree of dependence on the decedent. However, certain types of damages are only payable to certain parties, such as loss of care or companionship to the person’s spouse/children or burial and funeral costs to the decedent’s estate.
Types of Wrongful Death Cases in Illinois
Our Chicago wrongful death lawyers at have represented clients in a wide range of wrongful death lawsuits. We have obtained substantial settlements and verdicts for our clients, which have allowed them to provide for their financial future following the death of a family breadwinner. Examples of the types of Cook County wrongful death accidents that our personal injury law firm handles include the following:
- Fatal trucking accidents
- Head-on vehicle collisions
- Motorcycle accidents (particularly involving head injuries).
- SUV rollovers
- Bicyclists struck by motor vehicle drivers
- Run off the road accidents
- Pharmacy malpractice errors
- Pedestrian vehicle collisions
- Construction site accidents
- Slip and fall accidents (trip and falls)
- Industrial accidents including explosions and fires
- Deaths from occupational illnesses (mesothelioma)
- Vehicle crashes involving buses
- 15 passenger vans and SUVs involved in rollover accidents
- Falls from ladders and other elevations
This is merely a small sampling of the types of accidents that may result in wrongful death that our Chicago-based law firm is equipped to handle. We apply the extensive experience, expertise, and skilled advocacy of our Chicago wrongful death attorneys to assist our clients in obtaining financial security and preventing similar tragedies in the future.
Put Our Cook County Wrongful Death Lawyers In Your Corner
The lawyers at our Cook County wrongful death law firm are committed to the premise that the practice of law is a service oriented profession that must be delivered with diligence, compassion, and personal attention. We recognize that family members are typically overcome with grief when they lose someone they love, so the aggravation or frustration of poor communication and unreturned phone calls only adds to the emotional hardships of surviving loved ones. This is why we are committed to keeping our clients informed regarding the status of their wrongful death lawsuit during the entire process.
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Our Chicagoland wrongful death lawyers at Stein & Shulman, LLC can provide the perfect balance of experience, expertise, empathy, diligence, and tenacity to help you obtain the best possible outcome for the loved one taken from you, as well as surviving family members. If you or your loved one has been involved in a fatal accident, contact us today at (312) 422-0500 or email us to schedule your no obligation free consultation.