Chicago Wrongful Death Lawyers
Unexpectedly losing a loved one is a tragic experience. After a family member suddenly dies, you may experience even more than emotional loss, as you and your family may suffer significant financial loss, as well. Because a deceased person cannot file a personal injury lawsuit, Illinois law gives the families of accident victims the right to file a claim in court for wrongful death. If you have lost a loved one due to the fault of another person, contact experienced Chicago wrongful death attorney John Buchmiller for help today.
Common Causes of Wrongful Death Claims
Wrongful death claims arise when the death occurred due to another party’s negligence or intentional act. The other party could be another individual, a corporation, a medical facility, a government entity, or others. Because these parties will almost certainly have their own legal representation, you always want a skilled wrongful death attorney handling your case. The following are some common incidents that lead to death of a victim and wrongful death lawsuits:
- Medical malpractice
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Truck accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Falls from heights
- Construction accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Accidents caused by defective products
These are, of course, only some of the ways a wrongful death claim may arise. You should always consult with an attorney to determine whether you have a potential case.
What can you recover in a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
As previously mentioned, families may lose a lot with the sudden death of a loved one. Wrongful death laws allow families to recover for the following losses:
- Costs of emergency services and medical treatment prior to the death
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Lost income and benefits the deceased would have earned
- Lost inheritance due to untimely passing
- Emotional trauma, pain, and suffering
- Loss of companionship, protection, and care
- Punitive damages if the act that caused the death was particularly egregious
Recovering for such losses can help you move forward with financial support and a sense of justice for your loved one.
Contact a Chicago Wrongful Death Attorney for a free consultation
If you have lost a family member or loved one in a preventable accident, Illinois’ wrongful death statute may entitle you to financial compensation. While no amount of money can bring your loved one back, it can ensure that your financial needs are met and also hold those responsible for your loss accountable for their negligence. Attorney John Buchmiller is a dedicated Chicago wrongful death attorney who knows how important it is for families to get closure through the courts. To schedule a free consultation, call the Law Offices of John Buchmiller today at 312-690-4194.