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Chicago IL Wrongful Death Attorneys

Chicago IL Wrongful Death Attorneys

Dealing with the loss of a loved one is a traumatic experience. When the death is the result of a wrongful or negligent act of another it can be much harder to deal with. In this case, it is important to seek the advice of an experienced attorney to determine what your options are. Survivors of those wrongfully killed have certain rights and may be entitled to financial compensation. Although we know that money cannot replace your loved one, financial compensation may help ease other burdens such as funeral expenses and medical bills and give you a sense of justice.

The wrongful death attorneys at Ryan, Ryan & Landa can help you navigate the legal and financial issues resulting from the loss of a loved one. Our firm has a proven track record of getting results in the form of settlements and verdicts in wrongful death actions.

What is Wrongful Death?

Wrongful death is defined by the State of Illinois as death caused by the negligent, reckless or intentional conduct of another. A wrongful death action provides monetary compensation for the next of kin of the deceased when a wrongful act by another caused the death.

Who Can Bring a Wrongful Death Action?

The surviving spouse and next of kin of the deceased can bring a wrongful death action. Next of kin is defined as blood relatives who can take from the estate of the deceased. If the deceased could have sued for injuries had they survived, the next of kin can bring a wrongful death action. The individuals bringing the wrongful death case are considered personal representatives of the deceased.

What Types of Accidents Can Result in Wrongful Death Actions?

Generally any type of accident caused by the wrongful act of another resulting in someone’s death can be the basis for a wrongful death case. Common accidents resulting in wrongful death actions are car accidents, truck accidents, bicycle and pedestrian accidents, motorcycle accidents and medical malpractice.

What Can Be Recovered in a Wrongful Death Action?

The State of Illinois provides that pecuniary losses resulting from the wrongful death of a loved one can be recovered as damages in a wrongful death suit. Pecuniary losses include but are not limited to:
• Loss of economic support;
• Loss of services (the right to benefit from services of a loved one); and
• Loss of society (the mutual benefits one family member receives from another).

The law also provides for recovery based on grief, sorrow and mental suffering, medical expenses and burial expenses.

If you lost a relative due to the wrongful act or negligence of another, you should contact the experts at Ryan, Ryan & Landa to determine if you have a wrongful death case and better understand your options for compensation. Our attorneys at Ryan, Ryan & Landa have years of experience bringing wrongful death actions in Chicago and the surrounding areas. Contact us today at (847) 416-1989.


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