Wrongful Death Lawyers

When a loved one has died as a result of someone else's recklessness or negligence, the injured person’s loved ones have a right to seek compensation for this terrible tragedy through the Illinois court system. Hire Powers Rogers & Smith as your Chicago Wrongful Death Lawyer today!

Common Causes of Wrongful Death

A number of different incidents can lead to a bodily injury or wrongful death case being filed. Some common causes of wrongful death claims in Chicago include:

  • Medical Malpractice
  • Car Accidents
  • Work-related Injuries
  • Maritime Accidents
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Trucking Accidents
  • Offshore Accidents
  • Criminal Attacks
  • Airplane or Train Accidents
  • Nursing Home Abuse
  • Defective Products

Wrongful death is caused by the negligent, reckless or careless act of another person or company. If the death of a relative was determined to be caused by the negligence of a third-party, the surviving family members may have the right to recover compensation for their tragic loss. As your Chicago wrongful death lawyer, we can help.

If you have been affected by the wrongful death of a family member, do not neglect your legal rights. The unexpected passing of a loved one can often leave families with many expenses such as hospital bills, funeral and burial costs. You may be able to receive compensation for these expenses along with the compensation of your loved ones lost wages and emotional distress through the Illinois court system.

Power, Rogers & Smith brings more than a quarter of a century of experience, determination and proven results to every bodily injury and wrongful death case our Chicago injury lawyer experts handle.

Joseph A. Power, Jr., a founding partner of Power Rogers & Smith, has obtained multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts on behalf of family members after a loved one is wrongfully killed due to negligent driving, medical negligence, an unsafe product or unsafe premises, and other negligent acts.  In 2015, Mr. Power recovered $6,900,000.00 for the wrongful death of a wife and mother as a result of negligent post-delivery care.  In 2014, Mr. Power recovered $5,400,000.00 for the family of a 15-year-old boy who drowned in Lake Michigan while attending a summer camp.  In July of 2013, Mr. Power obtained a $7,250,000.00 trial verdict for a school teacher who was killed as a result of medical malpractice. 

Todd A. Smith, a founding partner of Power Rogers & Smith, has represented families who have lost loved ones due to wrongful death for over 30 years.  Mr. Smith was one of the first lawyers to obtain an award in Illinois for damages in wrongful death for the non-economic damage of loss of society and companionship.  This element of loss is critical to a fair assessment of loss to a family for someone who was not a wage earner, such as a child or a mother working in the home.   He has obtained multimillion dollar record verdicts and settlements for the wrongful death of children, mothers, fathers, husbands, wives, and other people who died as a result of medical negligence, aviation disasters, trucking negligence, defective products and other types of cases.

Mr. Smith's record verdict of $6 million dollars for the wrongful death of a 13 year old child in the 1990's remained a record verdict in Illinois until his verdict of $8 million dollars in the wrongful death of a 10 year old in the 2000's.

Mr. Smith's leadership as President of the Illinois Trial Lawyers, as well as President of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, has focused on fighting against efforts to place a "one size fits all" arbitrary cap on the damages families are entitled to in tragic wrongful death cases.

You can email Todd at tsmith@prslaw.com or call (312) 827-6108 (after hours).

Larry R. Rogers, Jr. has litigated wrongful death cases stemming from complex medical malpractice to vehicle negligence actions.  He has represented victims of all ages and from all walks of life, ranging from a child killed in DCFS custody, to a veteran and young father victimized by delayed and negligent medical treatment, to an elderly woman who became septic from poor nursing home care.  Most notably, Mr. Rogers, Jr. and principal partner, Joseph A. Power, Jr. obtained a record $100 Million recovery in a wrongful death lawsuit for a pastor and his wife who were injured and lost their six minor children in a tragic and proven avoidable van fire incident.  Most recently, in the first half of 2014, Mr. Rogers has recovered over $16 Million in Wrongful Death Act settlements for clients, which include a mother and fetus who died due to a mismanaged pregnancy, a 60 year old woman in a wheelchair struck and killed by a negligent truck driver, and a 44 year old man who died due to a treatable but mismanaged medical condition in the hospital.

Devon Bruce, a partner at Power, Rogers & Smith, has represented the families of those wrongfully killed in a variety of manners.  Mr. Bruce has successfully pursued and obtained millions of dollars in recoveries for wrongful death in a variety of areas including medical malpractice, construction, electrocutions, explosions, nursing home negligence, product liability, swimming and maritime incidents.  Notably, Mr. Bruce has sought and obtained substantial recoveries for victims of wrongful death arising out of the violation of the Illinois Domestic Violence Act.

In 2014, Mr. Bruce obtained a settlement of $4.7 million dollars for the wrongful death of a 57 year old woman in a hospice care facility.  The nursing staff had failed to monitor her while she was on a respirator device and failed to respond to alarms when the device failed.

Please contact our wrongful death attorneys in Chicago at 312-236-9381 to find out how we can help you.

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