Dealing with the loss of a loved one is a traumatic experience. When the death is the result of another person’s wrongful or negligent act, dealing with it is even more difficult. In such cases, 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. It is also a way of ensuring that similar conduct does not occur to others in the future, which can provide you with a sense of achievement and justice.

The attorneys at Ryan, Ryan & Viglione 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 successful results 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 representatives of the deceased.

What Types Of Accidents Can Result In Wrongful Death Actions?

Wrongful death can happen after any type of motor vehicle collision, including car accidents, motorcycle accidents, Truck accidents, ATV accidents, boating accidents and mass transit or bus accidents. Pedestrians and bicyclists can also suffer fatal injuries if stuck by vehicles.

Additional accidents where wrongful death are possible include  construction accidents, premises liability incidents such as slip and falls, and because of a nursing home, hospital, nurse or doctor’s negligence.

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)
  • Loss of society (the mutual benefits one family member receives from another)

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

We Can Help You Recover Full Compensation

If you lost a relative due to the wrongful act or negligence of another, you should contact the experienced lawyers at Ryan, Ryan & Viglione to determine if you have a wrongful death case and better understand your options for compensation. Our attorneys have years of experience bringing wrongful death actions against negligent parties in Waukegan, Chicago and surrounding areas.

Contact us by calling 847-244-1436. You may also reach us online if it’s more convenient. All initial consultations are free, and we only get paid on a contingency basis, meaning we collect no attorney fees unless we win your case.

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