Losing someone whom you love and depend on in life to someone else’s negligence is a very difficult blow that no amount of compensation can ever make up for. While a wrongful death claim cannot bring your loved one back to you, it can help you and your family move forward on the difficult path toward emotional recovery. Turn to our experienced Chicago wrongful death attorneys for the professional legal guidance you need.
In the State of Illinois, a personal representative of the decedent (the person who lost his or her life to someone else’s negligence) files the wrongful death claim on behalf of the decedent’s next of kin. Next of kin in this context includes:
It is important to note that the person acting as the decedent’s representative can also be his or her next of kin.
Wrongful death claims are similar to personal injury claims (although they are addressed by a different area of the law). Your wrongful death claim will address the damages your loved one suffered and could have recovered if he or she hadn’t been killed by the injuries he or she sustained. Additionally, however, your wrongful death claim will address the damages you’ve experienced as a result of your loss.
The statute of limitations (the amount of time you have to file your claim) for wrongful death in Illinois is two years from the date of your loved one’s death. Because wrongful death claims are complicated and often face considerable challenges as they proceed, it is important to address this legal matter sooner rather than later. You’re dealing with considerable grief and immense loss and need to take the time necessary to heal, which is only one of the critical reasons why having a dedicated wrongful death attorney on your side is key.
In a wrongful death case, obtaining just compensation is important for many reasons that include covering the medical costs related to the care and treatment your loved one received for the injuries that ultimately proved fatal, as well as covering his or her funeral and burial costs. Additionally, you can seek damages for your own losses, including:
Losing a loved one to someone else’s negligence is a setback that is so profound it can be difficult to fully comprehend and address. The compassionate Chicago wrongful death attorneys at Saks, Robinson & Rittenberg, Ltd., dedicate their practice to helping clients like you obtain the compensation to which they are entitled and that they need to travel the road toward recovery. We’re here for you, too, so please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information today.