Our Chicago Wrongful Death Lawyers Represent Victims of Fatal Injuries
Losing a loved one unexpectedly—or caring for a family member who has suffered from extreme and ultimately fatal injuries—can be a devastating, confusing, and painful experience. The additional stress that comes from last-minute decisions about medical care, medical bills, and the financial burden of the death can be especially overwhelming during a time of grief and loss. If you suspect that your family member died because of the wrongful actions of another, having a compassionate personal injury lawyer on your side may bring you some peace of mind during an extremely difficult time. A skilled attorney can confidently investigate what happened, seek justice on your behalf, and help you get the financial compensation your family needs after a catastrophic loss.
Based in Chicago, the law offices of Lane & Lane have proudly served injured and bereaved individuals throughout Illinois for decades. If you need help, you can talk a member of our team today to schedule a confidential, free case evaluation—it’s as simple as calling 888-484-9881 or filling out an online form.
Our Law Firm Is Prepared to Handle Wrongful Death Cases of All Kinds
There are many circumstances that can cause the wrongful death of a loved one. At Lane & Lane, our attorneys have the knowledge needed to pursue even the toughest cases, including deaths caused by:
- Medical malpractice
- Workplace accidents
- Transportation accidents
- Defective products
- Matters of premises liability
If you are unsure if we can help you with your potential case, don’t be afraid to reach out and ask. We would be happy to help answer your questions and point you in the right direction to get the help you need.
Are You Entitled to Wrongful Death Benefits?
For the average person, the law and the process of filing a lawsuit for a wrongful death can be complicated. It isn’t always clear what happened, who was responsible, or if family members are legally entitled to compensation for their loss. Speaking with our knowledgeable team of attorneys can help you identify the truth about what caused your loved one’s death and find out if your family can pursue a wrongful death claim as a result.
Death of a Child
A child's death is a tragic event. If you have suffered the loss of a son or daughter, we extend our sincere sympathy. Certainly, there is no way we can relieve a parent's grief. In our role as personal injury attorneys, we instead focus on shouldering our clients’ financial and legal burdens and allowing families to focus on healing. We investigate the circumstances surrounding fatal accidents in order to shed light on negligence, and we insist that the parties who are responsible take measures to prevent similar accidents that may harm children in the future.
Although the death of a child always means a life was taken too soon, not every tragic loss is legally classified as “wrongful death.” The circumstances surrounding a child’s death determine whether a legal recovery is possible and who may be held responsible. For example, a swimming pool drowning may have been the result of negligence on the part of the owner of the property or the manufacturer of pool equipment. A birth trauma may have been an unavoidable accident or the result of medical malpractice. Our attorneys work closely with scientific and medical experts to determine the cause of death and the options available to parents and surviving family members after the death of a child.
Death of a Parent
The loss of a parent is difficult, regardless of what stage of life you are in when you experience it. When the death results from a sudden and fatal accident, you have no time to prepare, emotionally or financially, for a future without parental love and support.
Your ability to recover compensation from those responsible for your parent's death, largely depends on two factors:
- The specific details and circumstances of the situation.
- The skill of your lawyer in presenting those facts to an insurance adjuster or jury.
Through a wrongful death lawsuit, children—whether adults or minors—may be able to seek damages for loss of a parent's care, income, nurturing, and guidance, as well as for other expenses related to the financial and emotional effects of the death. The skilled attorneys with Lane & Lane help provide clients with the support they need to move forward after the death of a parent and the powerful legal advocacy necessary to recover full compensation for their losses.
Death of a Spouse
If you have recently lost your husband or wife in a fatal accident, you are going through one of the most traumatic events life has to offer. Surviving spouses are confronted daily with the finality of death and the uncertainty of the future. They are often forced to consider and plan for difficult realities, such as how to survive without spousal support or manage a household as a single parent.
Under Illinois law, a surviving husband or wife may be entitled to compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit if the spouse's death was the result of the negligence of another. The amount of the potential settlement or jury award will take into consideration the age and earning potential of your spouse, and it can help you plan for a future without the support of a beloved spouse, parent, and friend.
Compensation in Illinois Wrongful Death Lawsuits
The details and circumstances of a wrongful death determine what compensation may be available with a successful claim. In general, under Illinois law, a relative may be entitled to collect for damages for:
- The victim’s medical bills
- The victim’s pain and suffering
- The family’s grief and sorrow
- Funeral expenses
- Loss of support from future earnings
- Loss of consortium (companionship)
- Loss of a pension plan or insurance coverage
However, it isn’t usually a simple matter. Employers, insurance companies, manufacturing companies, and other responsible parties may try to protect themselves from liability or minimize the amount of financial compensation affected families potentially receive. At Lane & Lane, we will work diligently to ensure that you receive the fair and full compensation you deserve for your loss—and that you know how to protect your rights in the meantime.
You Need Experienced Legal Help on Your Side
The personal injury attorneys with Lane & Lane have over 130 years of collective experience fighting for the rights of those who have been victimized by another party’s negligent actions. Conveniently located in Chicago, we serve clients throughout Illinois. We are recognized on a state, national, and international level for:
- Our long history of successful, multi-million dollar verdicts
- Our reputation among others in the legal community
- Our commitment to our clients and to the law
We know that every case is unique, and we are dedicated to giving each client’s case the attention and care it deserves. Call 888-484-9881 today to arrange a no-cost, confidential case evaluation and learn more about your legal rights after a loved one’s death.