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Stephenson County Wrongful Death Lawyer

When you lose a loved one, it is a traumatic event. However, when their death could have been avoided if not for someone else’s negligence, the tragedy is likely even harder to accept. When someone’s actions result in your family member’s death, you may have the legal right to bring a wrongful death claim. In this situation, you need an experienced Stephenson County wrongful death lawyer on your side to guide you through the process. At Brassfield & Krueger, Ltd., our Illinois personal injury attorneys have over 70 years of combined experience assisting clients with their claims, including wrongful death lawsuits.

While filing a wrongful death lawsuit will not bring your loved one back, the potential compensation can help you with some of the financial challenges you may suddenly be facing. Wrongful death claims are complicated to pursue, which is why you should not try to pursue one on your own. Let our skilled Illinois wrongful death lawyers help you and your family fight to hold the responsible party accountable.

Filing a Wrongful Death Action in Illinois

Wrongful death actions allow certain next-of-kin to recover financial compensation for funeral expenses, loss of companionship, loss of financial support, etc. There is also something called a survival claim. This is a claim that the deceased would have had a legal right to bring had he or she not died. The compensation the victim could have collected through a personal injury claim will be distributed amongst the decedent’s heirs in a survival action. Survival actions are technically claims made on behalf of the estate. Beneficiaries are heirs of the estate according to Illinois’ intestate probate laws. That means that there is a specific formula for how any award or settlement would be distributed. 

With a wrongful death case, here are no tax implications to be concerned about if you receive compensation. However, with a survival action, there could be taxes involved. That is another reason why retaining a Stephenson County wrongful death lawyer is vital.

Common Types of Wrongful Death Cases

Many accidents and other events can give rise to a wrongful death claim. Some of the more common examples of wrongful death cases that our firm handles include:

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

This list is not exhaustive; there are other types of cases we handle. If you believe you have a valid Illinois wrongful death claim, contact us to discuss it. Once we hear your situation’s specifics, we can advise on whether you have a case worth pursuing.

Contact an Illinois Wrongful Death Lawyer

If you need assistance with pursuing a wrongful death claim in Illinois, let our Stephenson County wrongful death lawyers assist you. Contact Brassfield & Krueger, Ltd., today to schedule an initial consultation. We are here to help your family get the compensation you deserve after losing someone you love. 

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