Wrongful death claims are a relatively new development in United States law. Prior to the enactment of a wrongful death statute in Illinois and similar legislation in other states, the surviving family of a person who lost their lives in an accident or due to the intentional and wrongful conduct of another person had no legal recourse. In addition, if a person succumbed to their injuries while a personal injury case was pending, their legal claim would expire with them. This led to the anomalous legal result that people who were injured by the negligence of others could recover, but if their injuries proved fatal, there was nothing that the surviving family could do to recover compensation.
Fortunately for victims, the Illinois wrongful death statute created a cause of action allowing the surviving relatives of people who lost their lives due to the wrongful conduct of others to recover for their losses. To determine whether you have a claim, you should discuss your circumstances with an experienced Belvidere wrongful death attorney as soon as possible.
A Variety Of Accidents Could Potentially Give Rise To A Wrongful Death Lawsuit
When people think of accidents that have the potential to be fatal, they often imagine serious and catastrophic accidents that are relatively rare. In reality, wrongful death claims can arise from accidents that do not seem particularly serious and occur often. Some of the more common kinds of incidents that often lead to wrongful death claims include the following:
· Car accidents
· Truck accidents
· Motorcycle accidents
· Slip and falls
· Bicycle accidents
· Pedestrian accidents
· Aviation accidents
· Construction site accidents
· Workplace accidents
· Boating accidents
· Recreational accidents
· Playground accidents
· Violent assaults and other criminal acts
· Public transportation accidents
Of course, wrongful death claims can arise in a variety of other ways, so anyone who has lost a loved one should be certain to consult with a lawyer familiar with these kinds of legal claims. Whether you will be able to recover compensation depends on a variety of factors, including your relationship to the decedent and length of time that has passed since the accident occurred. When you retain an attorney, he or she will thoroughly investigate your case in order to determine whether you may be able to recover.
Contact A Cherry Valley Wrongful Death Attorney Today To Schedule A Free Case Evaluation
Anyone who has lost a loved one in a preventable accident or other wrongful act should discuss their options with an experienced attorney as soon as possible. In many cases, family members of people who have lost their lives because of the negligence or intentional acts of others can recover significant compensation for their losses. These losses could include loss of financial support, the loss of moral training and guidance, mental suffering, and loss of companionship. The Rockford personal injury lawyers of Fisk & Monteleone LTD. have been representing the rights of people injured in accidents for more than 50 years. To schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers, call our office today at 815-516-0801.