Dealing with the sudden and unexpected death of a family member is a tremendous emotional and financial burden. When that death was caused as a result of the carelessness and negligence of somebody else, you can pursue compensation for the damages that you suffered. If you want to talk to an experienced professional who can clear up any confusion and point you in the right direction, you should consider speaking with a wrongful death lawyer in Des Plaines from the Law Office of Daniel E. Goodman, LLC.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Case?
Wrongful deaths can involve any number of personal injury accidents. The Illinois Wrongful Death Act is found at 740 ILCS 180/1. It designates who may file a wrongful death case along with who might seek damages in such a case. If the decedent survived the accident for even a short while, what’s known as a survival action might also be brought as a second count to a wrongful death lawsuit.
What Can You Sue For?
Settlements and awards in wrongful death and survival actions are likely to help your family avoid financial devastation. They contemplate damages like medical bills, future lost earnings, and benefits. You can sue for lost companionship, affection and guidance, emotional pain and suffering, as well as the funeral and burial expenses too.
There Are Time Restrictions For Filing
The time period that the Illinois legislature has set for filing wrongful death cases is limited, and in some cases, personal injury claim notices must be served in short order. Those are two good reasons why you need to take appropriate action as soon as possible after your family member’s death.
While you’re still suffering from your losses, an experienced wrongful death lawyer in Des Plaines can start building a strong case on behalf of your family member’s estate. You can begin that process by contacting us to arrange for a free personal consultation and honest professional case evaluation. Contact the Law Office of Daniel E. Goodman, LLC by using our easy contact form or giving our office a call.