Consult with an Experienced Wrongful Death Attorney
Wrongful death suits are filed when the wrongful conduct of a person or entity results in the death of another person. Like personal injury, this area of tort can involve every area of tort practice – from premises liability or trucking disasters to dangerous products on the market – but your first step should be to consult with an experienced wrongful death attorney. One of our Chicago wrongful death lawyers will help determine, first, who is the personal representative authorized to bring a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the estate of a deceased person against the persons or entities responsible for the victim’s death.
Unlike a personal injury case, where the injured person is one of the plaintiffs, in the case of a wrongful death action or suit, the family members bring the lawsuit for the wrongful actions. Oftentimes, it is the victim’s surviving spouse, children, beneficiaries or dependents who are the plaintiffs and are entitled to monetary damages that result from the victim’s death. Generally, lawsuits are allowed under survival statutes, which allow a victim’s survivors to bring a cause of action after the victim dies.
Laws in Illinois, and in all states, govern the time frame in which a wrongful death lawsuit may be filed. Depending upon both the plaintiffs and the defendants involved, the deadlines vary. Anyone with a potential case should consult an experienced wrongful death attorney at a law firm like Clifford Law Offices to determine what law or laws apply to them.
Damages from Wrongful Death Suits
Various types of monetary damages may be recovered, and an experienced Chicago wrongful death lawyer from Clifford Law Offices can assess the merits of the case as well as the potential damages, including loss of companionship, sorrow and grief, which may be sought in such an action. For example, one way to determine lost wages is to take the victim’s earnings at the time of his or her death and calculate the remaining years that person was expected to live to determine future lost earnings using life expectancy tables as well as experts who figure what is known as present cash value and the investment value of that money. The decedent’s will must also be examined. Experienced wrongful death attorneys can determine whether punitive damages are available. These damages are meant to punish a defendant for intentional or egregious conduct.
Some Clifford Law Offices’ Wrongful Death Cases
Clifford Law Offices’ wrongful death lawyers have represented the families of many victims of wrongful death. For example, Robert Clifford obtained a confidential amount in the case of Joshua Woods, the little boy who was killed when a jet slid off the runway at Midway Airport and landed on top of his family’s car as he sang “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.” Robert Clifford and Kevin Durkin also represented the widow of Bob Collins, the popular WGN disc jockey who was killed when the air traffic controller was found to be at fault in misguiding his plane and that of a student pilot’s when they crashed near Waukegan Regional Airport in 2000. Keith Hebeisen, partner at the firm, obtained a $2 million settlement on behalf of the family of a 55-year-old woman who died when a radiologist failed to properly interpret her MRI that indicated the presence of an intra-spinal tumor. Mr. Hebeisen, one of the firm’s Chicago wrongful death attorneys, also received a $4 million settlement on behalf of the family of an infant who died 12 hours after delivery when doctors and hospital staff were negligent in the delayed cesarean delivery of a high-risk mother.
Wrongful Death Lawsuit and A Just Solution
Clifford Law Offices represents many people in wrongful death actions. Robert Clifford has been practicing in this area of law for 30 years, and the lawyers at his firm have experience in the area of wrongful death litigation. The law firm’s goal is to obtain a fair and just result. The civil justice system can do so through financial compensation. The wrongful death attorneys at the firm are dedicated to finding answers to its clients’ questions and obtaining a just solution to the matter.
Clifford Law Offices is a Chicago law firm that regularly handles complex damage cases, including claims for personal injury and wrongful death arising out of aviation, transportation, trucking, medical negligence, product liability and premises liability claims as well as whistleblowing and commercial fraud litigation.
We look forward to putting our Illinois wrongful death lawyers’ experience to work for you. Because they can be complex cases, it is important to select a lawyer with experience. To contact us, call toll free at 1-800-899-0410 or 312-899-9090 if you are in the Chicago area.
At Clifford Law Offices, each Chicago Illinois wrongful death lawyer handles complex cases. Our attorneys are available for consultation on potential wrongful death legal actions.