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Boone County Wrongful Death Lawyers

When a loved one passes away, it is tragic enough. However, when their death could have been prevented and only occurred due to someone else’s negligence, the tragedy is often even harder to bear. In this situation, you need experienced Boone County wrongful death lawyers who can help. At Brassfield & Krueger, Ltd, our Illinois personal injury attorneys have nearly 80 years of combined experience helping clients with their personal injury claims, including wrongful death cases.

While a wrongful death claim will not bring your loved one back, the compensation can help reimburse you for some of the financial losses you and your family have suffered. Wrongful death claims can be complex, which is why you should not attempt to pursue one on your own. You need the assistance of a skilled attorney who can help you and your family fight for the compensation you deserve. 

Wrongful Death Actions

Loved ones certainly suffer when a family member dies. These claims fall under a wrongful death action that allows close next-of-kin to recover some financial compensation. Settlements or jury awards issued in a wrongful death action are not taxable under the estate.

 Damages in a wrongful death action can include compensation for funeral and final burial expenses, loss of financial support, loss of companionship, and more. 

Survival Claims

Survival claims can also be brought in a wrongful death case. This type of claim is for the losses that the victim suffered. Any claims the deceased would have had a right to bring if they were still alive can survive them and be allocated to the deceased’s surviving heirs. These include damages like any medical expenses, loss of wages, and pain and suffering the victim experienced before dying.

Survival claims technically belong to the estate, which means the beneficiaries are the spouse, children, and then other close relatives. The deceased’s named personal representative or executor will bring a survival action on behalf of the estate. Unlike wrongful death claims, there may be tax implications with a survival action. This is another reason why retaining an Illinois wrongful death attorney is so important.

Common Types of Wrongful Death Actions

A variety of incidents can lead to a wrongful death claim. Some of the more common types of wrongful death claims our firm handles include:

  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Slip and falls
  • Large truck accidents
  • Motorcycle collisions
  • Nursing home abuse and neglect
  • Bicycle accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Boating accidents
  • Defective products
  • Swimming pool accidents
  • Burglary
  • Violent crime
  • Negligent security

Contact an Illinois Wrongful Death Attorney

Do not attempt to pursue a wrongful death claim on your own. Let our Boone County wrongful death lawyers help. Contact Brassfield & Krueger, Ltd. today to schedule an initial consultation.

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