WHAT IS A LAWSUIT FOR “WRONGFUL DEATH?”

A lawsuit for a “wrongful death” is a civil lawsuit filed by the personal representative of a deceased person to recover for certain losses sustained by the surviving spouse and next of kin of the deceased person. It is governed by the Illinois Wrongful Death Act, 740 ILCS 180/0.01 et seq. Under the Act, a jury may give such damages as they deem fair and just compensation relating to things such as loss of financial support; loss of the benefits that the family would have received from the deceased’s continued existence – such as love, affection, care, attention, companionship, comfort, guidance and protection; or a child’s loss of instruction and training due to the death of a parent. This list is not extensive, but is only mean to give a general understanding of what can be recovered.

For more information about wrongful death lawsuits in Illinois, contact one of our personal injury attorneys today. They are former insurance defense attorneys who are now on YOUR side, fighting the insurance companies to obtain the compensation you rightfully deserve. Contact us at (708) 576-1624 or [email protected].

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