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Chicago Wrongful Death Attorneys

Many know they can file a personal injury claim if another’s negligence causes them harm. But what if someone’s negligence results in death? In these cases, the decedent’s family or estate representative can file a wrongful death claim. While no dollar amount is equal to the loss of life, it is possible to cover the costs of medical and funeral expenses and receive compensation for the emotional toll of the death. 

At Driscoll Law Group, we have represented numerous clients who have lost people they loved because of a preventable accident. In these cases, we have aimed to not only secure financial compensation but also hold negligent parties accountable and prevent similar accidents from occurring in the future. To find out what one of our experienced Chicago wrongful death attorneys could offer you, schedule a free consultation. 

Contact us online or call (312) 626-3008 today. We represent clients in Chicago, Champaign County, other areas in Illinois, and nationwide. 

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A Proven History Of Success
  • $1,300,000 Wrongful Death

    Father of one is negligently killed while riding his motorcycle in Indiana.

  • $1,000,000 Wrongful Death

    Death of newborn baby.

  • $500,000 Wrongful Death

    Verdict after an 84-year-old grandfather with swallowing problems dies

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim?

Those who can make a wrongful death claim include a decedent’s immediate family or estate representatives. Immediate family typically includes spouses, children, siblings, and parents. In Illinois, those who can make a wrongful death claim is determined by the Wrongful Death Act. 740 ILCS 180

Is There a Statute of Limitations for Wrongful Death Claims?

According to Illinois law, a decedent’s family or representative must make a wrongful death claim within two years of the incident. However, there are exceptions. The period may be extended if the at-fault party engaged in a violent criminal act. In these cases, the statute of limitations is five years after the incident or one year after the conclusion of criminal court proceedings. 

Damages Available in Wrongful Death Cases

A wide range of economic and non-economic damages are available for a plaintiff (the party making the claim) to recover. 

The Non-Economic and Economic damages can include:

  • What money the decedent would have contributed in the past
  • What money the decedent was likely to have contribute din the future
  • Decedent’s age
  • Decedent’s health
  • Decedent’s 
  • Mental characteristics
  • Decedents habits
  • Decedents occupational abilities
  • Greif and Sorrow of his family
  • The relationship between family members

The exact damages available will depend on the circumstances of the case. Consulting with an attorney can clarify the amount a plaintiff can pursue. 

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Who Pays for a Wrongful Death Claim?

Drivers, businesses, medical facilities, and others generally have liability insurance that covers accidents that cause death. As a result, our wrongful death attorneys in Chicago will pursue compensation from an insurance company in most cases. Sometimes, the at-fault party does not have enough liability insurance for adequate compensation. In these situations, it is possible to file a lawsuit against them. 

Consult with Driscoll Law Group About Your Case

Our attorneys have a wealth of experience and a track record of success in making wrongful death and other personal injury claims. Our firm has recovered millions of dollars for past clients. This money lessened the burdens of injuries and deaths, helping individuals and families recover after devastating accidents. 

Schedule a free consultation today. During this initial meeting, you can speak directly with one of our firm’s attorneys and get answers to your questions and details about the options for pursuing a wrongful death claim. We can arrange virtual consultations for those who need it. 

Get started with us by calling (312) 626-3008 or messaging us online

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