Charleston, IL Wrongful Death Attorneys
We’ve Fought for Families Like Yours in Central Illinois Since 1996
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 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), unintentional injuries are the fifth leading cause of death in America. Such fatal injuries can stem from auto accidents, workplace accidents, violence, and even poisonings.
If you lost a loved one and believe someone else is accountable, The Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm can offer guidance. Our Charleston wrongful death lawyers know you are going through a difficult time and we want to alleviate the stress and frustration you are experiencing. If you work with our firm, we can investigate the circumstances surrounding your loss to determine who is responsible and take the appropriate steps to see justice served.
To discuss your case with our caring and knowledgeable professionals, call (217) 394-5885. Your consultation is free and confidential.
What is Considered a "Wrongful Death"?
A wrongful death is a death that results from someone’s negligence, recklessness, or an intentional act. A wrongful death claim may arise from any type of case involving personal injuries, such as motorcycle accidents, trucking accidents, construction accidents, medical malpractice, product liability, and premises liability.
When a family member is lost due to a fatal accident, the surviving family may suffer from a loss of income and can recover compensation. Victims can also recover compensation for the equally devastating loss of the companionship, guidance, and support that family member provided.
Wrongful Death FAQ
The following frequently asked questions can shed some light on wrongful death actions in Illinois.
Who Can Be Held Liable for a Wrongful Death?
Any individual, company, or even government entity that acts negligently or intentionally and causes the death of a person may be held liable. More than one party can also be held responsible if fault was shared. Because there are so many different types of negligence and wrongdoing, it is important to talk to an attorney about any and all parties that may be liable in your unique case.
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. If a person who is entitled to recover benefits is under the age of 18, however, they may be permitted to file within 2 years of turning 18.
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.
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.
Serving Clients in Coles County
At The Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm, we work not only to obtain compensation for our clients but also encourage companies and individuals to change the way they do business to prevent others from suffering the same fate. Our Charleston wrongful death attorneys believe in supporting and guiding our clients in every way possible, as we seek to hold at-fault parties accountable.