Dealing with the death of a loved one is never easy. If you’ve lost a relative in a deadly motor vehicle accident and you are determined to bring the at-fault party to justice, get in touch with a qualified Chicago fatal car crash attorney as soon as possible.
If your family member would still be alive had it not been for the negligent actions of another driver, you may have the right to file a wrongful death claim to recover compensation for the damages you’ve suffered.
Illinois law allows close family members to recover various types of compensation for wrongful deaths. But filing a successful claim against the at-fault party won’t be easy. You’ll face resistance from the at-fault party and any involved insurers, and you’ll have to navigate a complicated legal system—all while you’re grieving.
Fortunately, a qualified Chicago fatal car crash lawyer at Lane & Lane, LLC is ready to help you hold those responsible for the death of your loved one financially accountable for their actions. We will do what it takes to secure the compensation you need to be able to grieve without financial worry.
Filing a Wrongful Death Claim for a Fatal Chicago Car Crash
Under Illinois law, the assigned representative of the deceased’s estate must be the one to file the wrongful death claim for a fatal car accident. This could be the decedent’s spouse, an adult child, or the parent of a child who has died. In the event that the deceased did not designate a representative of his or her estate, the court can appoint one on his or her behalf.
If you are considering filing a wrongful death claim for a fatal car accident in Chicago, you’ll need to act quickly, as the statute of limitations for wrongful death suits in Illinois is generally only two years from the date of the death.
Although this may seem like an adequate amount of time to build your case, the deadline can creep up on you quickly when you’re obtaining evidence, filing documents, and calculating the value of your claim.
What Your Benefits Will Cover
You can expect that the damages awarded for your fatal auto accident case will be distributed based on how dependent each eligible recipient was on the deceased.
Some of the types of damages that will be taken into consideration when calculating what your awarded amount should be include funeral and burial costs, loss of companionship and love, lost income, and medical expenses your loved one incurred leading up to his or her death.
Speak with a Chicago Fatal Car Crash Attorney
An experienced Chicago fatal car crash lawyer at Lane & Lane, LLC can help you determine whether you are able to file a wrongful death claim for the devastating motor vehicle accident your family member was involved in. Contact our office at 312-332-1400 or complete the contact form below to schedule your free case assessment today.