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Damages in Illinois Wrongful Death Cases

What types of damages can plaintiffs recover?

Under the Illinois Wrongful Death Act, 740 ILCS 180/1, a cause of action is brought by the Special Administrator for the benefit of the widow and next of kin for their “pecuniary injuries.” The term pecuniary injuries includes benefits of a pecuniary value such as money, goods, and services received by the next of kin of the deceased (i.e. lost wages, loss of services).

When there are surviving children, it also includes the instruction, moral training, and superintendence of education that the children would have received from the deceased parent. Pecuniary injuries also include the loss of consortium by the surviving spouse, the loss of society of a son/daughter’s parent, or, in the case of an unmarried adult, the loss of society to his/her parent, and, in some circumstances, the loss of society of a sibling.

Who do wrongful death damages benefit?

According to the Act, “The amount recovered in every such action shall be for the exclusive benefit of the surviving spouse and next of kin of such deceased person.” The jury in wrongful death cases has authority to award damages that they deem as fair and just. This can include damages for grief, sorrow, and mental suffering.

Still have questions? Just ask us!

If you recently lost a loved one, we encourage you to contact our Chicago wrongful death attorneys. We are here for you to help you determine your legal rights and options, as well as answer any questions you might have. Wrongful death law can be complex, so we encourage you to get in touch with a law firm that is experienced in this field. Our “Best Law Firms” rated practice has won more than $4 billion in verdicts and settlements for our clients. Get your free consultation today!

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    Since 1993 when we first opened the doors of our law practice, Power Rogers & Smith has handled some of the largest personal injury cases for plaintiffs in the state of Illinois – and won. With our experience, we aren’t afraid to stand up to large corporations and insurance companies in court.

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    Power Rogers & Smith has won more than $4 billion in verdicts and settlements for its clients – that’s $800 million more than our closest competitor since 2000. These results include many record-setting and regulation-changing outcomes as well, including a $100 million settlement for victims of a trucking accident – Illinois’ largest injury award to a single family.

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    Victims of tragic and life-altering accidents are suffering – physically, emotionally, and financially. We take the financial burden off victims by working on a contingent fee. This means that you do not pay unless/until we secure a financial recovery for you. You focus on healing. We’ll take care of the rest.

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Questions About Wrongful Death Cases

  • What is Considered “Wrongful Death”

    A: A wrongful death case is a tragic event when a loved one dies due to someone else's wrongful negligence.

  • Is a Wrongful Death Case a Criminal Case?

    A: No. A wrongful death case is allows the plaintiff to obtain money damages from those responsible for the death of a loved one.

  • What Kind of Attorney do I Need?

    A: Wrongful death cases can be complex and difficult to navigate. It’s imperative that you seek out a skilled attorney who specializes in this area of law.