When lives are tragically changed because of a death caused by the negligence of another person, recovery of damages can never adequately compensate the loved ones left behind. If you are searching for the very best Chicago wrongful death attorney, you have found the right law firm. At Meyers & Flowers, compassion and vigorous advocacy are the cornerstones of our representation of families who have been forced to deal with unnecessary tragedy.
Wrongful death cases allow families to seek compensation from the negligent party for damages suffered after the loss of a loved one. Generally, family members who are entitled to bring a wrongful death lawsuit include a surviving spouse and/or surviving children.
These family members bring a lawsuit for injuries the deceased family member suffered, injuries the family members themselves have sustained due to loss of society, and future damage, such as wages lost as a result of loss of a loved one.
The top wrongful death attorneys at Chicago based Meyers & Flowers, retain nationally-recognized experts, to aggressively seek and obtain the full compensation available to surviving family members.
Who can bring a wrongful death lawsuit under Illinois law?
Most commonly, wrongful death actions are brought by the closest family member such as the deceased's spouse or the deceased's children. If there is neither a surviving spouse nor any surviving children, other next of kin that are entitled to bring a wrongful death suit include parents, siblings, nieces and nephews. If the deceased was a child, parents and siblings are entitled to bring a wrongful death suit. If there is neither a surviving spouse nor any next of kin, the deceased's estate itself can bring a wrongful death action.
What if the deceased person survived for a period of time after sustaining injuries?
If the deceased individual survived for any period of time after receiving the fatal injuries, his or her personal representative is entitled to bring a suit, referred to as a survival action, on behalf of the deceased person, to recover damages for the personal injury suffered before death.
What types of compensation are available?
Wrongful death damages include:
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of services
- Loss of future income
- Loss of consortium
- Medical expenses
- Past lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Physical disability
- Property damage
What if my family member was partially at fault?
Wrongful death and survival actions can be brought even if the deceased individual was partially at fault, as long as the deceased was not more at fault than the defendant. In such cases, any compensation awarded is reduced by the percentage amount that the deceased was determined to be at fault.
How are damages awarded if there is more than one person entitled to recover?
After damages are awarded by either a jury or judge, the judge will determine what amount will be received by each entitled family member. This determination is based primarily on the closeness and quality of the relationship with the deceased family member.
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