When a loved relative has lost their life as the result of another person's careless or negligent actions there nothing can ease your emotional pain.  This period is very emotional and challenging for the entire family after this sudden and unexpected loss.  Our attorney's understand that these are sensitive times and will do everything in their power to be as compassionate, courteous and understanding in these trying times.  Losing a mother, father, son or daughter is one of life's worst tragedies.  Nothing will ever replace the fact that your loved one is now deceased, plain and simple.  However, we can protect your rights and help to recover compensation from the person who has caused this unnecessary loss of life. 

Illinois Wrongful Death Law

In Illinois, only the surviving spouse or next of kin of the deceased is allowed to collect for the actual pain and suffering experienced by the deceased.  They are also allowed to collect for the sorrow, grief and mental anxiety they have experienced themselves.  Also, in Illinois a Wrongful Death Claim is not part of the decedent's estate which means that the debts and obligations of the deceased family member do not effect the amount of money collected.  The entire amount that is collected goes directly to the family.

Wrongful Death Damages

In order to collect for wrongful death, the family must prove that the person was the actual cause of the death, and had the family member lived, he/she would be able to file a personal injury claim for the injuries sustained.  If these initial barriers can be proven, the amount of damages then comes into play. 

Some factors that are used when calculating damages:

•  Loss of Future Income and Benefits

•  Burial or Cremation Expenses

•  Age of Decedent

•  Plaintiffs Personal Relationship to Deceased

•  Loss of Companionship

•  Medical Bills

Because of these complexities, It is important you speak with a Wrongful Death Attorney that practices in Chicago to maximize the amount of recovery in these difficult times.  Call (312) 493-6912 for a free consultation today.