When a family member or loved one is injured we all hope for a full and complete recovery. But sometimes, under the worst and most difficult of circumstances, your family member may die as a result of someone else’s wrongdoing. Victims of these tragic and untimely deaths leave behind grieving family members who must cope with an immense loss. The love and companionship that a family member gives is irreplaceable – nothing can ever fully make up for the death of your loved one. The unexpected death of a loved one can be even more challenging for surviving family members if they were dependent upon their loved one to provide financial support.
In Illinois, the surviving family members of the victim of another person’s carelessness (negligence) or intentional actions are entitled to bring a wrongful death claim. A wrongful death claim is meant to provide a victim’s surviving family members with financial compensation for the loss of their loved one. Surviving family members may include a deceased victim’s spouse, children, parents, and other next of kin. These survivors may receive compensation for the loss of money (including salary or wages), benefits, goods and services which their deceased family member is no longer able to provide. Survivors are also entitled to compensation for their grief, sorrow and mental suffering.
Unlike a criminal case – which is brought by the state against a wrongdoer – a wrongful death claim is brought by a deceased victim’s surviving family members. A wrongful death claim may be brought whether or not any criminal case or prosecution is brought against anyone responsible for the victim’s death. For example, if a pedestrian is killed by a negligently speeding driver that pedestrian victim’s surviving family members may have a claim for wrongful death against the driver. Or, if a nursing home resident dies because of a lack of proper medical care, that victim’s surviving family members may have a claim against the nursing home and any staff members whose failure to treat the resident caused her death.
The unexpected loss of a loved one is devastating. Our firm has helped families that have suffered the tragic loss of a loved one. We can help you to receive the maximum amount of compensation possible from a wrongdoer who has caused the death of your family member. If you loved one has died because of the fault of another, please contact the attorneys of Keating Law Offices.
- Illinois Wrongful Death Act (740 ILCS 180/et seq.)