Chicago Wrongful Death Attorneys
What is a Wrongful Death in Legal Terms?
A wrongful death in legal terms is when the death of person or persons has resulted due to the wrongful conduct/actions of another person or entity. Deaths that result from any of the following are considered a wrongful death:
- Carelessness of a person or corporation
- Automobile accidents
- Unsafe construction sites
- Violation of Maritime laws
- Violations of the Federal Employees Liability Act
- Railroad Negligence
- Improper design
- Unsafe product
- Unsafe drug or medication
- Aviation related death
- Complications in treatment where the treatment was caused by any of the above
- Legal malpractice
- Nursing home abuse or neglect
How do Wrongful Death Cases Differ from Personal Injury Cases in Illinois?
Wrongful death cases differ from personal injury cases because the family members are the beneficiaries and the ones who file the lawsuit for the wrongful or negligent actions that resulted in the death of a loved one. Wrongful death claims are filed in order to obtain compensation for the grief and mourning due to the loss of companionship as a result of the wrongful actions of another person or entity.
Damages that may be recovered are the wages the departed would have earned; expenses that are directly related with the death, such as medical and funeral bills. The loss of financial support, the loss of insurance benefits and the loss of inheritance are also areas in which damages may be recovered as the result of an untimely death. Further compensation may be awarded to the estate for the pain and suffering caused in the time leading up to the death of a loved one.
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