Wrongful Death Claims
Seeking Justice After The Loss Of A Loved One
When someone dies, it is almost always painful and stressful for their family members. When it is clear that their death happened because of someone else’s negligence or deliberate malicious act, survivors might also feel a driving desire to see justice served.
The pain of losing a loved one may never go away entirely, but a family’s ability to file a lawsuit will. Illinois has a statute of limitations for filing wrongful death cases. Generally, a lawyer can help with these cases for approximately a year after a person has passed away. While this may seem like a lot of time initially, it can pass very quickly.
At Swanson & Sackett, P.C, we don’t want to push families who are struggling with a loss, but we do want to help them deal with the financial and emotional aftermath that an unexpected death creates. By starting early, we’ll be able to move through the case at a comfortable pace and work to negotiate a settlement without a lot of fanfare. Some fights prove to be harder than others, however. In these cases, we’ll get ourselves and our clients prepared to fight in court.
Even if the family member does not feel like “making the responsible person pay,” it is important to talk to an attorney to begin the process as soon as possible in order to allow for a full investigation and a more reliable account of what happened.
Filing A Wrongful Death Lawsuit
There are several people who can potentially file a wrongful death claim, including spouses or life partners of the deceased, minor children, parents of unmarried children and others who were financially dependent on the deceased.
Wrongful death claims are similar to other personal injury cases, in the way they aim to compensate for the financial impact of an injury, a death, or both. Money from a wrongful death claim may be sought to:
- Handle funeral costs
- Pay medical bills related to the accident causing death
- Cover the financial loss in income that the victim had provided
- Ease the emotional toll the loss takes on the family
Most wrongful death cases are the result of car accidents, but they can also stem from workplace accidents, construction accidents, faulty products and more. Wrongful death lawsuits can be brought against a wide variety of entities, including individual drivers, companies that didn’t take proper precautions, government agencies that did not enforce regulations, and employees who were willfully careless and put others in danger.
Contact Our Firm For Support
If you believe that someone should be held responsible for a loved one’s death, Swanson & Sackett, P.C., may be able to help. Contact our office in Edwardsville at 618-692-8225 to let us know more about what happened, and we’ll decide together how to move forward.