Wrongful Death

An untimely death can be emotionally shattering for a family, especially when it is due to others’ actions or negligence. In the aftermath of this tragic loss, your family could be faced with expensive medical bills, funeral costs, and other financial obligations. If you have tragically lost a loved one, you may be entitled to receive monetary compensation from the responsible parties with a wrongful death suit.

At Scott W. Sheen & Associates, we know how devastating a death can be on a family. We also know that wrongful death cases can be very multifaceted and require a knowledgeable attorney. Our firm is dedicated to providing compassionate legal guidance and seeking justice on your behalf.

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We understand that your family is devastated after this unexpected death. We can help your grieving families obtain justice by seeking compensation for your loss.

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Common Types of Wrongful Death Cases

  • Car accidents
  • Semi-truck accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Pedestrian and bicycle accidents
  • Boating accidents
  • Fatal workplace accidents and injuries
  • Accidental poisoning and overdoses
  • Premise liability accidents
  • Drowning

Illinois Wrongful Death Act

According to the Wrongful Death Act, the person or entity that caused the death can be held liable in a wrongful death lawsuit. In such cases, the attorney must be able to prove that another party’s negligence was the cause of your loved one’s death.

“Whenever the death of a person shall be caused by wrongful act, neglect or default, and the act, neglect or default is such as would, if death had not ensued, have entitled the party injured to maintain an action and recover damages in respect thereof, then and in every such case the person who or company or corporation which would have been liable if death had not ensued, shall be liable to an action for damages, notwithstanding the death of the person injured, and although the death shall have been caused under such circumstances as amount in law to felony.”

740 ILCS 180

The primary purpose of a wrongful death action is to compensate surviving family members for their losses. A successful claim can help your family by providing justice, closure, and financial stability. This type of case can also apply to the death of a minor.

If another person or parties can be proven negligent, Illinois law allows recovery in several areas:

  • Medical expenses from their illness or injury
  • Pain and suffering the deceased endured before death
  • Lost wages and benefits
  • Loss of care or companionship
  • Burial and funeral expenses

Determining the monetary award in a wrongful death case is complicated. Although no amount of money could ever make up for the loss of a family member, compensation can significantly help ease the financial burden and restore a sense of justice.

The value of your wrongful death claim will depend on the specifics of your loved one’s death. Several things will be considered, including:

  • Age of the victim
  • Health and life expectancy
  • Potential earning capacity
  • Circumstances of those who will receive the money awarded

Choosing the right attorney can make all the difference during your personal injury claim. The experienced attorneys at Scott W. Sheen & Associates ensure you receive the compensation you deserve in a stress-free manner.

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