Chicago Injury Attorney Helps Families Who Have Lost a Loved One to Wrongful Death
When you’re dealing with the unexpected loss of a loved one, the last thing you should be worried about is how you are going to afford the expenses associated with his or her death. You are likely coping with a very difficult time, and mounting costs, lost wages and the unimaginable pain of losing someone dear can be overwhelming. Fortunately, you don’t have to go through the tangles of a wrongful death claim alone. Attorney Bary Gassman will be beside you from start to finish, filing your claim, negotiating with insurance companies and liable entities, and taking your case to court if necessary.
When your loved one’s life was taken because of the negligent or reckless behavior of someone else, let Bary Gassman handle the legal system so you can focus on mourning appropriately and finding the strength to move on with your life.
What Is a Wrongful Death?
A wrongful death occurs when a victim loses his or her life due to the reckless, intentional or negligent behavior of someone else. A wrongful death claim can arise from a murder, medical malpractice, an impaired or careless driving accident, a dangerous product or a number of other occurrences. Although Illinois has imposed statutes to compel medical professionals, drivers and manufacturers to refrain from risky behavior and misconduct that could cause severe injuries or death, wrongful death cases continue to exist.
Survivors May Be Entitled to Financial Compensation in Wrongful Death Cases
Under Illinois law, certain surviving family members may be entitled to recover financial compensation for both economic and noneconomic damages that are caused by a the wrongful death of a loved one. Some of the damages that survivors can recover include:
• Loss of financial support and certain benefits that would have been provided had the victim lived
• Medical bills, funeral expenses and burial costs
• Loss of companionship
• Mental anguish and emotional suffering caused by the death
• Punitive damages imposed to punish the defendant and prevent him or her from harming someone else
When Medical Malpractice Results in Death
A medical malpractice lawyer commonly sees cases of severe negligence and reckless behavior that result in death. When medication mix-ups, surgical errors, negligent diagnosis or other medical mistakes cause a patient to die, surviving family members have the right to pursue financial compensation. Since medical professionals are held to higher standards of conduct and have a duty to provide adequate and competent care and advice to their patients, families can file a wrongful death claim to hold healthcare professionals liable for their misconduct.
Take Legal Action to Protect Your Rights
If your loved one was killed due to the conduct of someone else don’t delay. Take legal action right away to preserve your right to compensation. Illinois law requires that a wrongful death lawsuit be filed within the statute of limitations for the underlying type of case, or within one year of the date the victim died. Failure to file a lawsuit in time could result in the courts refusing to hear the case at all.
Call Chicago wrongful death attorney Bary Gassman right away at 312-279-2779 contact the firm online. Consultations are free. Since wrongful death cases are typically handled on a contingency basis, you won’t pay a fee until compensation is recovered on your behalf.