Wrongful Death

What is “wrongful death”?

“Wrongful death” is the area of law that deals with the death of a person caused by another person or entity’s negligence.

As with personal injury claims, this area of law can involve many types of accidents and injuries:

What does the law say about wrongful death?

Illinois law holds negligent parties responsible in cases of wrongful death. If a person’s death could have been prevented, but the person or entity responsible created or failed to remove or remedy a dangerous situation, their negligence contributed to the death.

Although no amount of money can bring a loved one back, compensation from wrongful death lawsuits can help to cover medical costs and loss of income while the person was alive, as well as future projected income. It also can compensate a family for non-economic losses, such as loss of society, sorrow and grief resulting from the death of a loved one.

How do you know if you qualify for a wrongful death lawsuit?

If your loved one died as a result of another party’s negligent acts or omissions, we may be able to help. Normally, only family members and spouses can bring a wrongful death suit on behalf of the deceased’s estate.

Many times, there may be more than one party at fault, and sometimes, even the victim may be partially responsible for his or her own accident. However, this does not mean the deceased person’s family cannot file a lawsuit.

It is important to keep in mind that there may be a time limit for filing a wrongful death claim. This means that you should contact a wrongful death attorney as soon as possible.

Wrongful death and personal injury litigation is our main concentration at the Law Offices of Jeffrey J. Kroll, and we have won record multi-million-dollar settlements and verdicts on behalf of victims’ families. In 2008, Jeff Kroll secured a record settlement in Kendall County for the family of a 22-year-old female who was killed when she was rear-ended by a delivery truck.

If you would like to speak with us about a potential wrongful death suit, please fill out the consultation form or call us at (312) 676-7222. We will be able to consider your particular situation and help you decide whether to file a claim.