Tinley Park Wrongful Death Lawyer with Offices in Cook and DuPage Counties
Compassionate Attorney Representing Families of Lost Loved Ones in Orland Park, Mokena, and Throughout the Area
When a life is cut short by negligence, it can devastate an entire family. Emotional anguish and potential financial problems, which further add to the stress experienced during the grieving process, are sometimes just the beginning. Some may become at risk for serious depression or death-induced poverty. At Schwartz Injury Law, we are sensitive to the issues that families face after the loss of a loved one. If that loss is the result of another's negligent actions, we stand behind them, serving as a compassionate advocate in the pursuit of justice. We fight to protect their financial futures and always pursue the most compensation possible.
Causes of Wrongful Death
There are a number of situations and circumstances that may constitute a wrongful death case. A car crash, motorcycle accident, or truck accident may lead to fatal injuries. A construction accident can cause the wrongful death of a loved one who was working on the site, driving through a dangerous work zone, or simply walking along a sidewalk.
A negligent hospital, doctor, nurse, or other medical staff may call for a medical malpractice case. Defective products may cause catastrophic injuries that result in a fatality, and nursing home negligence and abuse may cause great suffering that eventually leads to a wrongful death. Our attorney aggressively represents families in all of these situations, as well as many others.
Pursuing Compensation After a Wrongful Death
Everyone grieves differently after the loss of a loved one. Some families immediately seek justice. Others are too overwhelmed by the idea of a lawsuit. All of these families deserve an ally, someone they can turn to for help. They need support and empathy, and to be reassured that a wrongful death case does not have to be an added stress in their lives. Compensation cannot bring back their loved one or return what was taken from them, but it can make up for the lost income or the assistance of a caregiver, cover final expenses, and secure a future for them and any children they shared with their loved one.
Our attorney gives all of this, and more. We compassionately reassure and support those who have lost a loved one. We handle all the legal aspects of their case to give them the time, space, and energy they need to heal and grieve. We work as an aggressive ally in the pursuit of justice, strive to hold all negligent parties accountable for their actions, and prepare every case for litigation to secure the most compensation possible for each situation. We know that you have enough to worry about. Your pursuit for compensation should not be one of those concerns.
A wrongful death occurs when a person dies due to someone else’s negligence or intentional actions. A wrongful death claim will seek to recover financial compensation for the costs related to the death from the person or parties who were responsible. A wrongful death claim can be pursued in cases where a person would have been able to bring a personal injury lawsuit against the party or parties responsible if the death had not occurred.
A deceased person’s surviving family members can pursue a wrongful death claim against the person or parties who were responsible for the death. Survivors who can bring a claim include the deceased person’s spouse, dependent children, or next of kin, and this claim can address the damages they have suffered due to the death. A survival claim may also be brought by the estate of the deceased person to pursue damages that the person would have been able to receive through a personal injury lawsuit if they had not died.
Surviving family members may be able to pursue damages for any financial losses they have suffered due to their loved one’s death. These may include the costs of medical treatment received, funeral and burial expenses, and loss of income that the person would have provided to support their family. Survivors may also be able to pursue non-economic damages that address the loss of companionship, the loss of care and support the deceased person would have provided to family members, and the grief, sorrow, and mental anguish they have experienced.
In Illinois, a wrongful death claim must be brought within two years of the person’s death. However, if a person died as a result of “violent intentional conduct,” a wrongful death claim may be brought within five years of the person’s death. If a case involved first-degree or second-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter, reckless homicide, or drug-induced homicide, a claim may be brought within one year after the end of the defendant’s criminal case.
When filing a wrongful death claim, there is always the chance that the case will proceed to a trial. However, in many cases, defendants will look to avoid the costs and difficulty of courtroom litigation, and they may choose to negotiate an out-of-court settlement. Our attorneys are experienced in negotiating settlements and ensuring that our clients receive the compensation they deserve, but if an acceptable settlement cannot be reached, we are fully prepared to take a case to trial.
At Schwartz Injury Law, we will not charge any up-front fees when pursuing a wrongful death claim. We work on a contingency basis, meaning that we will cover all of the costs involved in pursuing a lawsuit, and we will not charge any fees until we collect compensation in your case. If you recover compensation through a wrongful death claim or lawsuit, our fee will be a certain percentage of the total amount awarded to you.
Contact Our Wrongful Death Attorney
If you and your family have lost a loved one because of the negligent actions of another, Schwartz Injury Law can help. We will go above and beyond, giving your case the dedication and respect it deserves. We will compassionately advocate for your needs and aggressively seek justice for your loved one. Learn more by scheduling your initial consultation with our wrongful death lawyer today. Contact us at 708-226-9000 for help in Orland Park, Tinley Park, Burbank, Oak Lawn, Homer Glen, Mokena, Bedford Park, Palos Heights, and the surrounding areas.