Wrongful Death Lawyer Chicago, IL

Wrongful death cases are often the most upsetting part of personal injury law. It can be incredibly difficult to focus on the details of a case while grieving the loss of a loved one. This is why it is important to have a wrongful death lawyer in Chicago, Illinois, like a lawyer from Disparti Law Group, who you can trust to take care of all of the details while you and your family focus on grieving. Continue reading to find out what a wrongful death lawyer from Disparti Law Group could do to help you. 

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WE WILL MAKE SURE ALL OF THE PAPERWORK IS FILED PROPERLY.

Not only is there a crucial statute of limitations that you need to follow in order to have a valid case, but there is a lot that needs to be filed throughout the course of a wrongful death case. It can be difficult for family members to keep revisiting the details of the unfortunate death. This is one reason a wrongful death lawyer from Disparti Law Group can be incredibly useful to have on your side. We will discuss the details of your case at our first meeting, then only contact you when we have further questions. 

WE WILL INVESTIGATE WHAT HAPPENED.

Often, wrongful death cases are not super straightforward. It is the duty of the prosecution to prove that the defendant was negligent in a way that caused the death. Our lawyers know how to investigate your case and what a judge may want to see offered as proof in a case. This can involve having expert witnesses testify on your behalf or hiring a team of investigators to look at the scene of the accident to see if there is any proof that you can use in court. This is why it is always crucial to speak with a wrongful death lawyer as soon as possible after the accident. Important evidence may need to be collected in order to prove your case. The sooner you reach out to someone who will do this for you, the more likely you will be able to collect damages and receive a small form of justice. 

WE WILL CALCULATE THE DAMAGES.

It can be difficult to figure out damages for a Chicago wrongful death case, as some of them are not numbers that are set in stone. For example, it is easy to calculate the damages you and your family incurred due to medical bills and funeral expenses, but the future lost wages and emotional turmoil you want to file for can be much harder to figure out. This is where an experienced wrongful death lawyer will come in handy. 

A good wrongful death lawyer, like one from Disparti Law Group, will help you get more compensation than you were initially offered. Often, even in wrongful death cases, insurance companies will offer a small amount of compensation that will be far less than what you could potentially get and deserve. Your lawyer will do his or her best to get the maximum compensation for your case. You should not have to worry about finances on top of everything else, so it is important to make sure that you get a fair amount of compensation. Reach out to a wrongful death lawyer today to set up a consultation and go over everything that you have been through. The damages will include those that have already occurred as well as any future damages that you and your Chicago lawyer may foresee. 

WE WILL FOCUS ON THE CASE WHILE YOU FOCUS ON YOUR FAMILY. 

Wrongful death cases are particularly difficult because you are in the midst of grieving the loss of a loved one while going through a lawsuit. This is why it is imperative to hire an experienced wrongful death lawyer to go over your case and make sure that you do all of the necessary paperwork and everything you need to file for compensation. Sadly, there is nothing any of us can do to bring your loved one back, but you absolutely deserve compensation for your loss. 

We know that it is difficult to focus on a case while you are grieving. This is a crucial time to be with your family and help everyone heal from the loss of your loved one. A death that could have been prevented or that happened due to the negligence of someone else is particularly traumatic, so it is a time when people need to stick together and help one another heal. Whether this involves going to therapy, having gatherings surrounded by loved ones, or anything of the like, you should be able to spend the time that you need to heal. This is why a lawyer is so helpful. Your wrongful death lawyer will handle all of the legal business while you focus on other things. We will make sure that you do not miss the statute of limitations for filing and that you are able to move forward with your case. We will also know how to do things so that the case moves forward as quickly and smoothly as possible so that you do not have to keep revisiting everything.

FREQUENT QUESTIONS ABOUT ILLINOIS WRONGFUL DEATH LAWSUITS

Illinois law allows survivors of victims whose death was caused by the negligent or reckless actions of another party or parties to pursue financial compensation. Some of the more common types of cases a Chicago wrongful death lawyer handles are:

  •       Death as a result of a careless driver
  •       Death as a result of a dangerous product
  •       Death as a result of a defective product
  •       Death as a result of a drunk driver
  •       Death as a result of a premises liability accident
  •       Death as a result of a work-related injury or illness
  •       Death as a result of medical malpractice

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WHO CAN FILE A WRONGFUL DEATH LAWSUIT?

Each state sets its own laws regarding wrongful death actions. In general, the order in which survivors can file are:

  • The victim’s spouse and children (or grandchildren if the adult child of the victim is predeceased)
  • The victim’s parents
  • The victim’s siblings (or nieces and nephews if the siblings are predeceased)
  • Anyone who can show they relied on the victim for financial support

WHAT TYPE OF LOSSES CAN THE VICTIM’S FAMILY BE COMPENSATED FOR?

Damages for wrongful death claims include funeral and burial expenses, loss of future income the victim would have provided for his or her family, loss of future benefits the victim would have provided for his or her family, loss of companionship, loss of love, loss of guidance, loss of service, and emotional anguish. A Chicago, IL wrongful death lawyer can explain what losses your family may be compensated for based on the circumstances of your case. 

The family or representative from the victim’s estate can also bring a second type of action against the at-fault party, referred to as a survival action. This is separate from the wrongful death claim, as are the damages that are pursued. Basically, the damages awarded in this action are the same as the victim could have pursued had they survived the action, such as medical expenses and pain and suffering.

HOW DO I FILE A WRONGFUL DEATH LAWSUIT?

The first thing you want to do is to contact a personal injury lawyer who is experienced in wrongful death claims. These types of actions can be complex, and you want to make sure the attorney handling your case is well versed in this area of law. It is particularly important that your attorney determines what the statute of limitations is for filing the claim because once that period has ended, so too has your chance for damages.

Your wrongful death lawyer in Chicago, IL will determine who all responsible parties are and file the lawsuit. Once all parties have been notified, there is usually a time period of negotiations where your lawyer and the at-fault party’s attorneys will try to come up with a fair and just settlement offer. Your lawyer will not make any decisions without discussing them with you and your family first.

If no settlement can be reached, the lawsuit will proceed to trial. Both sides will present their case to a judge and jury. The jury will then decide if the party or parties named in the lawsuit are responsible for the victim’s death, and if they are, then how much the victim’s family should be awarded.

HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO FILE A WRONGFUL DEATH CASE?

Please do consider the time restraint that you have on taking action for your relative. Depending on the state you live in, there is a statute of limitations, which outlines how long someone has to bring forward a personal injury lawsuit, such as a wrongful death case. Typically, these limitations allow a person to file a claim within one to three years after the passing of their loved ones. But when that time expires, surviving family members are essentially waiving their right to pursue restitution. 

HOW DO I KNOW WHO WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ACCIDENT?

Based on what you learn about the accident, it may be easy or more difficult to identify who was responsible. With help from our Chicago lawyer’s wrongful death team, families may want to consider what other parties could have contributed to their relative’s cause of death. Those who may have been liable for the wrongful death include an individual, employer, company, partnering organization, or other such parties. Accidents can have more than one person at fault, so it’s worth taking the time to have a lawyer investigate further.

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WHAT ELSE SHOULD I KEEP IN MIND DURING THIS TIME?

Dealing with the wrongful death of a loved one can be terribly tough on surviving family members. Not only did you lose someone you care about dearly, but they were taken too soon because someone else was careless. In order to hold that person accountable for their actions, there are certain things you should try to avoid doing as your case is proceeding. Perhaps the most emotionally important thing is to avoid disputes between other family members. The tragedy that just ensued in your family can cause immense tension between everyone involved. It can prompt heated conversations, especially if there are difficult decisions to be had. 

As your empathetic wrongful death lawyer Chicago, IL families depend on Disparti Law Group understand, that you and your family will be in a state of mind that is unfamiliar and hard to process. Listen to and trust one another, as arguing is only going to make things more painful. There may be disagreements, but they can be fueled by being in a state of grief. 

IS IT IN MY BEST INTEREST TO ACCEPT A SETTLEMENT OFFER?

Along with trying to stay peaceful between all family members and considering all the parties who may be at fault, it is imperative that you do not accept a settlement offer too fast. Be sure to avoid agreeing to settlement offers without having your lawyer calculate a restitution amount that covers your damages. By filing a wrongful death lawsuit in honor of your loved one taken too soon, you may eligible to receive damages such as:

  • Loss of financial contribution
  • Funeral and burial costs
  • Medical expenses
  • Loss of companionship
  • Pain and suffering prior to death

WHAT IF I’M NOT READY TO TAKE ON THIS CASE?

Right now you may feel like taking on a legal case is just too much, but rest assured, we are equipped to help you navigate this turbulent time. We can imagine how awful it is to keep revisiting the topic of your loved one taken too soon, so we will handle the legal aspect of the case and only ask questions or share information when we absolutely need to, or as you prefer. A Chicago wrongful death lawyer will need time to review your case, investigate the accident, and complete other tasks to make your case as strong as possible. We hope you call us now for legal support. 

Chicago Wrongful Death Law Statistics

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) statistics there were over 200k unintentional injuries from falls and poison leading to death in the United States. The NHTSA reported that almost 39K lives were lost in traffic crashes nationwide in 2020.

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Set up a consultation with a Chicago wrongful death lawyer from Disparti Law Group today to help determine if you might have a case. We cannot bring back your loved one, but we will do our best to get some form of justice for you and your family. You deserve to get assistance for all of the pain and heartache you have been through. Reach out to us today to learn more. 

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