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What Compensation Can I Receive in a Wrongful Death Claim?

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wrongful-deathLosing someone you love because of another person's negligence is devastating. The loss of a family member can leave you with emotional issues and financial challenges. While compensation cannot change what happened or bring your loved one back, a wrongful death claim can assist you and your family financially.

What Causes Wrongful Death?

When someone loses their life because of the negligence of another person, wrongful death occurs. Some of the most common causes of wrongful death include:

  • Car accidents;
  • Truck accidents;
  • Defective products;
  • Slip and fall accidents; and
  • Medical malpractice.

What to Do After Losing a Loved One

Once you have found out that your family member has passed away because of someone else's negligence, you will likely be overwhelmed with emotions. In order to protect your rights as well as physical and mental health, follow these steps:

  • Spend time with other surviving family members;
  • Meet with a funeral coordinator and plan the funeral;
  • Schedule an appointment with a mental health counselor or join a grief support group;
  • Collect evidence; and
  • Consult an experienced wrongful death lawyer.

How Can a Wrongful Death Lawyer Help

If you would like to hold the party that caused the death of your loved one accountable and recover compensation for your financial hardships, hiring a wrongful death lawyer is essential. They can help you determine whether you are eligible to file a wrongful death claim and guide you through the process of filing one if you are. Through a wrongful death claim, you can recover compensation for the following:

  • Funeral and burial costs;
  • Loss of companionship;
  • Emotional distress; and
  • Loss of anticipated future earnings and other benefits provided by your lost family member.

Statute of Limitations for Wrongful Death Claims in Illinois

Statute of limitations is the time period you have to file a legal claim. In Illinois, you have two years from the date your loved one passes away to file a wrongful death claim. If you do not file a claim within this two year time period, you will not be able to recover compensation. It is important to note that wrongful death claims can only be filed by a surviving spouse or next of kin.

Reach Out to Our Experienced Joliet Wrongful Death Attorneys

For more information on the process of filing a wrongful death claim and the type of compensation you can recover, we encourage you to contact our Joliet wrongful death attorneys. For a free consultation, call us today at 815-666-1285.

Source: http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs3.asp?ActID=2059&ChapterID=57

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