Not all accidents leave their victims injured. Sometimes, they can be fatal. Wrongful death can happen immediately or it can happen days or weeks after an accident occurs. When an individual dies in an accident, he or she might leave a significant financial burden for his or her loved ones like funeral expenses and medical bills. This financial burden is often compounded by the loss of the victim’s income as well as the non-monetary losses that accompany his or her death, such as the loss of his or her guidance and companionship.
Individuals who lose loved ones to accidents like car crashes, slip and falls, and medical malpractice can seek compensation for these financial burdens through wrongful death claims. Like personal injury claims, wrongful death claims make it possible for eligible individuals to recover compensation for the losses that they can prove they suffered. But a wrongful death claim is not exactly the same as a personal injury claim.
In Illinois, an individual must be a personal representative of the victim’s estate to be able to file a wrongful death claim. Any of the following individuals may take on this role and file a wrongful death claim:
A personal representative can be the individual named as such in the deceased’s will. If the victim did not name a personal representative for his or her estate, the court may appoint one.
An individual may seek the following damages through a wrongful death claim:
Losing a loved one to another party’s negligence or reckless behavior is devastating. Along with the emotional trauma of the loss often comes financial hardship. Talk to an experienced wrongful death attorney to determine whether you have grounds for a wrongful death claim and if so, how you can work to pursue this claim and recover compensation for the expenses associated with your loved one’s death. Schedule your free legal consultation with The Law Offices of Thomas A. Morrissey today to begin working on your claim.
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