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Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

Published on Jan 16, 2024 at 8:49 pm in Wrongful Death.

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

State laws dictate who has the right to file a lawsuit after a wrongful death caused by negligence. Below, we will examine the Illinois statutes that answer the question: Who can file a wrongful death lawsuit?

An attorney from Krzak Rundio Gorman, Injury Attorneys LLC is available to answer any questions you have regarding the filing of a wrongful death lawsuit in Illinois. If you lost a close family member in an accident caused by the negligent conduct of another, please contact our office to schedule a consultation with a member of our legal team.

How is the Amount to be Awarded in a Wrongful Death Case Determined?

Published on Oct 29, 2019 at 2:58 pm in Wrongful Death.

The loss of a loved one is one of the most challenging things a family can endure. When the death was the result of someone’s negligent actions, it compounds things. Families often question whether legal action can be taken or should be taken against the responsible party. While it’s understandable for families to have reservations about the legal process, it is sometimes the only means of holding those who wrongfully caused a loved one’s death responsible and securing a comfortable future for those who have been left  behind.

If your family is considering filing a wrongful death case, you may be wondering how the amount to be awarded is determined. The process of establishing the amount to be awarded in a wrongful death case is complicated. There are a number of factors to consider. At the end of the day, it is important to remember that the compensation awarded is meant to hold the at-fault party responsible for the value of the lost income/wages/earning capacity (known as pecuniary damages) as well as the value of the loss of love, companionship, guidance, consortium and the grief and sorrow (known as non-pecuniary damages) caused by the wrongful conduct of the responsible party.

If there is evidence that the individual who died had conscious pain and suffering before their death, there may also be damages for their pre-death pain and suffering. These pecuniary and non-pecuniary damages must be fully evaluated and developed in a way to ensure that the maximum compensation can be obtained for each element of available damages.

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