How to Know if You Qualify for a Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Posted By Power Rogers & Smith, P.C. || Mar 25, 2016

FuneralIf you lost someone you love as a result of someone else’s negligent actions, you may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the responsible party. Before you do, though, it is important to determine if you qualify to file a claim. Illinois has specific laws relating to wrongful death claims, and making sure you understand the restrictions is critical to your case. In Illinois, wrongful death suits must be filed within two years of the date of death or within the time otherwise prescribed by the applicable statute of limitations.

There are also certain restrictions limiting who can file a wrongful death claim. In Illinois, the individuals who can seek compensation for the death of a loved one under the Wrongful Death Act include the following:

  • The decedent’s spouse
  • The decedent’s children
  • Other next of kin

The damages that may be awarded in a wrongful death claim are distributed based on what is fair and what the jury feels is just compensation. This can include compensation for pecuniary injuries resulting from such death, including damages for grief, sorrow, and mental suffering, to the surviving spouse and next of kin of such deceased person. At Power Rogers & Smith, L.L.P., our Chicago wrongful death attorneys are dedicated to helping the families of wrongful death victims. We know that the loss of a loved one brings serious emotional pain, and requires families to make many difficult decisions while coping with their loss.

Our firm is ready to help you find justice. Leave the legal work to us and ensure that your rights are protected. Call us today to learn more about your potential to file a claim in a free case evaluation.

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