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Who Can Recover?

Chicago Wrongful Death Attorneys Explain

According to 740 ILCS 180/1, a surviving spouse and next of kin have the right to bring wrongful death claims.

In Illinois, “next of kin” include the:

  • Surviving spouse
  • Surviving child of the decedent
  • Parents of the decedent
  • Siblings of the decedent
  • Adoptive parents or adopted child

In the event that there is no surviving spouse or next of kin, the damages from a wrongful death action could go toward benefitting the following:

  1. The individual or group that provided hospital services in connection with the decedent’s last illness or injury;
  2. The individual or group that provided medical services in connection with the decedent’s last illness or injury; or
  3. Personal representatives, such as those who administered the decedent’s estate.

When to Contact a Wrongful Death Attorney

If you lost your loved one, you can only file a wrongful death claim if it has been less than two years since the individual’s death AND the death resulted from wrongful actions, negligence, or other liability. Because there are time limits for filing a Wrongful Death action, you should contact one of our attorneys right away to ensure your rights are protected.

Speak directly with one of our Chicago wrongful death attorneys to learn if you have a case. We provide free consultations so that you can learn your legal rights and options. Our clients do not pay an attorney fee unless we secure a recovery on their behalf, so get in touch with Power Rogers & Smith 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.

  • Success

    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.

  • Contingency Fee

    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.