Wrongful Death FAQ
The death of a loved is a devastating time for friends and family of the decedent. Those who deal with the sudden loss of a loved one are often left with questions such as how could this have been prevented and what can our family do about what happened?
It is important that family members who have lost a loved one due to another individual’s negligence understand that they have rights and may be entitled to file a wrongful death claim. According to the Center for Disease Control unintentional injuries is the 5th leading cause of death in America. Such fatal injuries can stem from auto accidents, workplace accidents, violence, and even poisonings.
In fact, in 2012 there were more than 880 fatal car accidents in the state of Illinois according to the state Department of Transportation. Furthermore the Illinois Department of Health reports that there were more than 99,600 deaths in 2010, of which, 26% were amongst those under the age of 64.
If you or a family member has lost a loved due to an unintentional injury or accident, the victim may be entitled to file a wrongful death claim. Our attorneys can help you determine what your legal rights are.
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If you or a loved one is seeking legal advice after suffering from the sudden loss of a family member, our attorneys can help. At Tapella & Eberspacher we understand sympathize with those who have had to deal with the wrongful death of a loved one and believe everyone should be informed about their rights.
Our lawyers have a reputation for handling complex litigation and can provide FREE legal counsel on your specific claim. We can also help to guide you and your loved ones through the litigation process.
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Wrongful Death FAQ
One of the five stages of grief is bargaining, most of which extends to questioning how this sort of tragedy could have happened and what if something had been done sooner. After all has settled family members will begin to pick up the pieces and get life back to normal. Unfortunately for many the task is harder than it seems and many will feel the psychological and financial impact of the loss months after the death of their loved one.
The following are some FAQs about wrongful death.
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When should I contact a wrongful death attorney?
Speaking with an attorney as soon as possible can help you determine if you may be entitled to file a claim and if so, how to proceed. An experienced wrongful death lawyer can help you determine who may be eligible to file a claim, what damages may be recoverable, and more.
Who can be held liable in a wrongful death accident?
The individual responsible for the death of a loved one will commonly be held responsible however it may be more than one person depending on what caused the death. For example, a fatal accident caused by vehicle failure may call on the manufacturer to be held responsible as well the driver for failing to get the problem fixed before a collision occurred.
What is the wrongful death statute of limitations in Illinois?
In Illinois a wrongful death claim must be filed within two years of when the individual passed away. However, if a person who is entitled to recover benefits is within the age of 18 they may be permitted to file within two years of turning 18 years of age.
What types of wrongful death damages may we be entitled to?
If the decedent was the primary breadwinner of a household, the financial impact is immediately felt. Those who wish to file a wrongful death claim may be entitled to compensation for lost wages, pain and suffering, medical bills, loss of consortium, and more.
Who may file a wrongful death claim?
The decedent’s spouse, children, or parents may bring forth a wrongful death lawsuit against the parties that caused the death.