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Wrongful Death

Charleston, IL Wrongful Death Attorneys

We’ve Fought for Families Like Yours 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. We can take the appropriate steps to see justice served.

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.

To discuss your case with our caring and knowledgeable professionals, call (217) 394-5885. Your consultation is free and confidential.

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.

Contact us online or at (217) 394-5885 to discuss your case and how we can help. We represent clients from our offices in Charleston, IL and St. Louis, MO.

A History of success

millions recovered for our clients
  • Car Accident $16,550,000 Settlement

    Settlement for a family of
    four involved in a single car wreck
    in a highway construction

  • Wrongful Death $5,900,000 Verdict

    Verdict for the wrongful death of a woman as a result of the negligent failure of a pathologist to diagnose histoplasmosis.

  • Hospital Negligence $5,400,000 Settlement

    Settlement involving the failure of doctors at an east-central Illinois hospital to diagnose and treat a brain abscess.

  • Medical Malpractice $4,000,000 Settlement

    Settlement for a medical malpractice claim in downstate Illinois.

  • Tractor Injury and Death $2,400,000 Settlement

    Settlement for an Illinois tractor injury resulting in death.

  • Medical Malpractice $2,100,000 Settlement

    Settlement for North Central Illinois medical malpractice case.

  • Truck Accident Resulting in Eye Injuries $2,000,000 Settlement

    Settlement of an accident involving a delivery truck with a pickup truck.

  • Negligent Care $1,750,000 Verdict

    Verdict for a case involving negligent podiatric care provided to the manager of a fast food restaurant.

  • Product Liability $1,750,000 Settlement

    Settlement for a man who lost both legs in a baler that had been improperly modified.

  • Hospital Negligence $1,245,000 Settlement

    Settlement for the failure by emergency room doctors to diagnose occluded carotid arteries and the stroke suffered by the patient as a result.

The Right Attorney can Make a difference

  • Unwavering Dedication

    We will fight for a just outcome on your behalf,
    & won’t give up in the face of difficult or unexpected challenges.

  • A Record of Proven Results

    Over our hundred years of combined legal experience, we have recovered millions of dollars for injured clients.

  • Respected in Our Community

    When attorneys need an attorney, they call us. Over 200 attorneys routinely refer clients to our capable & qualified team.

  • Compassionate Advocacy

    We genuinely care about the outcome of your case & commit to standing by your side every step of the way. 

  • Committed to Our Clients

    We pride ourselves in going the extra mile to make all of our clients feel comfortable, well-informed, and secure.

  • Clear Communication

    Our attorneys are committed to actively listening to our clients and to setting realistic, justifiable expectations.

Client testimonials

  • “I highly recommend Bill Tapella to anyone in need of an honest hardworking attorney that can get the job done and find your closure.”

    - Betty “Jane” B.
  • “When everything was done, Billie took me aside and comforted me. This was not an easy case emotionally but she made sure we were ok. I loved Billie and would use her again. Hopefully, we never have to ...”

    - Shelli W.
  • “I could not have asked for a better experience. I was very hesitant to pursue this, but Billie made it all okay. Thank you!”

    - Shelly
  • “Overall my experience was quite positive. My attorney assured me that my experience and injuries deserved compensation. Most importantly I no longer had to speak with insurance companies. I would reco ...”

    - Jennifer B.
  • “I appreciated the hard work and dedication to my case. Dawn was great! I really appreciated her and all her hard work.”

    - Levi R.