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A Wrongful Death Settlement Can Help Families Heal

Have you suffered a recent death in the family? Do you feel like the death is due to neglect? You may have a case for a wrongful death claim and the attorneys can help you get the compensation you and your family deserve.

Illinois state law defines a wrongful death as a death that occurs when an individual dies as a result of a wrongful act, neglect or default by another party. A wrongful death claim follows many of the same premises as a personal injury case would if the injured individual had survived. Events that are covered by a wrongful death lawsuit include incidents where negligence is a key factor such as a car accident, medical malpractice or intentional acts that include a crime.

A wrongful death suit in the State of Illinois must be filed by the executor (personal representative) of the deceased individual’s estate or a personal representative appointed by the court in the event that the deceased did not have an estate. Wrongful death cases in the State of Wisconsin can be filed by the personal representative of the estate or family members.

The statute of limitations for a wrongful death lawsuit is two years from the date of the person’s death and within five years of the death if it was the result of intentional violent conduct. When there is a criminal case, a wrongful death lawsuit may be filed a year after the conclusion of the criminal case.

Get The Compensation You Deserve

Do you have a wrongful death case that you need help with? Heller Trakhtman & Associates is here to help you get the compensation you deserve in your case. Types of damages that can be awarded in a wrongful death lawsuit in Illinois include:

  • Loss of financial support that may have been provided by the deceased – via lost wages and benefits
  • Loss of consortium and companionship
  • Loss of instruction, education and moral training the deceased may have provided to surviving family members
  • Survivor’s grief, sorrow and suffering

The attorneys understand that a wrongful death lawsuit can be difficult in the wake of a tragic loss and they want to help make the legal process simple and easy. The firm has the experience you need in the courtroom. Contact them today at 847-929-9624 or send them an email.