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What is a "Wrongful Death" Lawsuit?

Lake County Personal Injury Lawyers Explain the Requirements for a Wrongful Death Lawsuit

We often have clients who are unsure of the requirements for a wrongful death lawsuit. While a personal injury case can be filed when a person, business, or corporation causes injury to another person, a wrongful death case ensues when the person who has been injured has died as the result of their injury.

In cases like this, the person, business, or corporation who caused the injury is liable for damages. The Illinois Wrongful Death Act states that a personal representative may, on behalf of the deceased, pursue compensation for lost wages, lost companionship, and funeral expenses.

When filing a wrongful death case, the recovered amount is for the benefit of the spouse or next of kin of the deceased. If a spouse does not exist or survive the deceased, the benefit would then go to the next of kin, which includes any children of the deceased. If neither a spouse or children exist or survive the deceased, those entitled to the compensation will follow a priority list that is established by law. This list consists of any surviving parents, siblings, nieces or nephews.

Contact a Lake County Wrongful Death Attorney

If you have lost a loved one due to someone else's fault or negligence, contact Salvi & Maher, L.L.C. for a free, no-obligation consultation at 847-662-3303. We take a true interest in the struggles that our clients face, and when you choose our firm to represent your wrongful death suit, our attorneys will have your best interests in mind. Our law firm has offices in Waukegan, Wheaton, Chicago, and Richmond, IL, where we serve clients from DuPage, Will, Cook, Lake, and McHenry County.

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