The loss of a loved one is a tragic event, and when that loss is due to the negligence of another person and is something that could have been prevented, it is absolutely devastating. Wrongful death occurs when the life of an individual is taken due to the willful or negligent act of another. If you have experienced the wrongful death of a loved one, it is critical that you contact an experienced attorney immediately.
At Sklare Law Group, our Illinois wrongful death attorneys are committed to getting you and your family the justice that you rightfully deserve. We offer free consultations and same-day appointments, as well as weekend and evening appointments. To schedule a free case review, contact our Chicago practice at 312-263-0771 today.
- What is Wrongful Death?
- Common Causes of Wrongful Death
- Wrongful Death Damages
- Who is Responsible?
- Who is Eligible to File a Claim?
- Questions About Wrongful Death
- Choosing Sklare Law Group
- Call Now for a Free Case Evaluation
What is Wrongful Death?
Wrongful death is caused by someone else's negligence or intentional actions. Negligence is commonly the direct cause of the fatality in the types of claims our attorneys handle. That means the party responsible acted in a reckless or careless manner, was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or did not follow standard protocol, and as a result caused someone else's death.
These claims involve a multitude of factors. If you have lost a loved one in this traumatic way, you need an experienced, knowledgeable and skilled lawyer on your side. At Sklare Law Group, we can investigate your claim to determine cause and fault. When you become our client, we do not stop fighting for you until the best possible outcome has been obtained.
Common Causes of Wrongful Death
Any cause of death could potentially be grounds for a lawsuit, depending on the circumstances. At Sklare Law Group, the most common causes of death in these claims are:
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Truck accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Construction accidents
- Unsafe premises
- Boating accidents
- Defective products
- Nursing home abuse
- Medical malpractice
Our attorneys have seen a wide range of causes in these claims. The key is to determine if someone else is at fault. In the immediate aftermath of the death, you may have suspicions but feel unsure about fault. Or you may know in your heart that someone else is responsible for your loved one's death. In either scenario we can provide clear answers. After discussing the situation with you, our attorneys can determine whether the conditions for a wrongful death claim exist.
Wrongful Death Damages
So why file a wrongful death claim? Each family has their own reasons. We know that no amount of compensation can undo the tragedy, harm and loss that has befallen you, but a lawsuit handled by our lawyers provides a means of holding accountable those who are responsible. We fight aggressively in pursuit of maximum compensation on your behalf. In the event of a successful recovery, damages may include:
- Funeral expenses
- Burial expenses
- Medical bills
- Loss of financial contributions
- Loss of benefits
- Loss of guidance
- Loss of companionship
If you are considering a wrongful death action, please call our experienced Chicago attorneys at 312-263-0771. Your consultation is completely free and involves no obligation. We want to discuss your situation with you and determine if we can help. We will describe all of your options for what to do next.
Who is Responsible?
Our attorneys determine the direct cause of your loved one's death. Once we have determined cause, we can determine who ought to be held responsible. In these types of claims, responsible parties are often one of the following:
- Truck drivers
- Hospital staff
- Product manufacturers
- Product designers
- Property managers
This is certainly not an exhaustive list. Other types of professionals, or even corporations or businesses may be responsible. Sometimes the liable party isn't obvious to the family affected. Rely on us to investigate the circumstances to identify fault.
Who is Eligible to File a Claim?
Certain people are eligible to file a claim. The most common are:
- Parents of a deceased minor child
- Legal representatives of the deceased's estate
Contact us to find out if you can file the claim. We know the relevant Illinois statutes, and as part of your consultation we will make sure you can pursue damages.
Questions About Wrongful Death
The best way to get answers to your questions is to give our law firm a call. We have the answers you need. In the meantime, here are some of the most common:
How much time do I have to file a claim? There is a deadline for filing a wrongful death claim, and for all types of civil lawsuits. These are set forth in the statutes of limitation. After the deadline has passed, it is very difficult and sometimes impossible to bring a claim. Call our attorneys today to find out where your claim falls in this timeline.
How long will it take to resolve? Each case varies. When we meet with you during a consultation, we can give you an idea of how long it may take to resolve your claim, but ultimately there is no way to know for sure. We will not stop working until the best possible result has been obtained.
What can I do to help my case? We'll let you know if we need any documents, names, contact information, bills, records, receipts or other things to help your case. We perform a thorough investigation and build a strategic case, and we may need you to fill in some of the details with records of what happened before and after your loved one passed away.
Who will be communicating with me? You will be directly communicating with our attorneys and our team until your case is resolved. Rest assured we will be available to answer your questions and address your concerns. We will also make sure you know what is happening as your claim progresses.
How much will it cost? You don't pay anything unless we recover compensation for you. Then our payment is a percentage of that recovery. These are known as "contingent fees" because they are contingent upon obtaining them. If there is no recovery, then there is no fee.
Choosing Sklare Law Group
We know you want a lawyer who you can trust to handle your claim skillfully, competently and passionately. Rely on Sklare Law Group. The following are some of the benefits of choosing our firm:
- Decades of combined experience
- Personally committed to obtaining the best possible results for you
- Driven to fight passionately on your behalf
- Contingent fees – you don't pay us anything unless we successfully recover compensation on your behalf
Please give us a call to learn more about us. We want you to feel confident that you have chosen the right lawyers. We provide you with straightforward answers and guidance.
Call Now for a Free Case Evaluation
Please call our experienced Chicago, IL wrongful death attorneys at 312-263-0771 to arrange a FREE case evaluation. Your consultation will be with one of our attorneys. You can also contact us by completing the form on this page. We know how traumatic and life-altering the death of a loved one is, and we want you to get the answers you deserve during this difficult time.