An accident that takes the life a loved one can occur in the blink of an eye and without warning, and in a flash, your whole life may be completely changed. At the firm of Brassfield Krueger & Ramlow, Ltd., our Woodstock wrongful death lawyers appreciate how tragic fatal accidents are, and what your family is going through.
We understand that there is nothing that we, or anyone else, can do to change what has happened and bring your family member back, but we do hope that we can provide you with aggressive legal representation as you seek compensation for the monetary value of your losses.
If you are the personal representative of the deceased, you may be able to bring forth a wrongful death claim following any accident type that results in death that was caused by the wrongful act, neglect, or default of another party. For example, the following accident types may warrant wrongful death actions–
A wrongful death claim, as stated above, can be brought when the death of the decedent would not have occurred but for the wrongful act, neglect, or default of another party, and when the decedent would have maintained the right to bring forth a personal injury action against the defendant had the accident not resulted in death. In order for a claim to be successful, the personal representative of the deceased (plaintiff in a wrongful death action) will need to prove that the defendant owed the deceased a duty of care, that the duty of care was breached, and that the breach of the duty of care was the proximate cause of death. The plaintiff will also need to establish the extent of loss suffered by themself/surviving family members, including:
Calling a lawyer after losing a loved one is probably an action that is far from your mind – we understand that coping with grief can be all-consuming. We know that you are going through something very challenging right now, but hope that you will find the strength to pick up the phone and call our Woodstock wrongful death attorneys as soon as you can. Indeed, if you wait too long to pursue a wrongful death action, you will be barred from seeking damages (the statute of limitations for a wrongful death claim in Illinois is only one year from the date of death).
When you call our law firm, we will immediately start working on your case and explaining to you your legal options. We know that doing so can be challenging, but bringing forth a wrongful death claim may be the only way to recover the compensation that your family needs moving forward.
Consultations with our law firm are offered completely free of charge, and we are happy to provide you with legal information with no obligation to hire us if pursuing a wrongful death case is not the right option for you. Please contact us by phone or online today to learn more.
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