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No amount of compensation can ever make up for the loss of a loved one, but in most cases, such a loss can result in severe, and probably lifelong, financial stress for survivors. If the deceased was the primary breadwinner of the family, the implications of the loss could mean financial disaster. Dealing with insurance companies after a loved one’s loss can also be traumatic.
To ensure that the loss does not result in undue financial stress to survivors and family members, it’s important to take legal action. Chicago wrongful death lawyer Michael Brennan is dedicated to representing the rights of victims. Our firm has represented personal injury and wrongful death clients in and around the Chicago region since 1996, and over these years, our attorneys have handled different kinds of personal injury cases. We are ready to serve and assist you. Contact our firm today to schedule a free initial evaluation of your case.
Wrongful death is defined as death that occurs as a result of the negligence of another. Simply put, when a person dies as a result of negligence or reckless conduct of another person or another entity, survivors of the deceased may be eligible to file a wrongful death claim that can help them recover compensation for their losses. Illinois has comparative fault laws that allow survivors and other eligible parties to claim compensation in a wrongful death claim from the parties that were at fault and responsible for the death. However, in order to recover compensation under Illinois laws, it is important that the deceased was not more at fault in the accident than the defendant.
In order to file a claim, the first step is to determine the exact kind of financial damage that has occurred. This is not as easy as it seems. There are a number of ways that the deceased might have contributed to the financial well-being and upkeep of survivors. These benefits could include earnings, pension benefits, and other benefits that he would have continued to be eligible for if he had lived.
Calculating these damages requires financial expertise, and experts will have to be called in to understand the kind of damages that survivors have suffered, and will be expected to suffer in the years ahead. In other words, it’s important to calculate not only short-term economic loss, but also the long-term financial implications of the death.
Once all of these factors have been determined, and damages have been established, survivors can go ahead and file a claim for wrongful death. That will involve dealing with the insurance company which will attempt to offer a settlement. If however the settlement is not acceptable, survivors may have no other option but to go to court to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
Michael Brennan is an experienced Chicago wrongful death attorney, who has years of experience filing wrongful death claims on behalf of clients across Illinois. When you contact us, we will immediately get in touch with the insurance company within 24 hours. We will engage in negotiations with the insurer to make sure that your rights are protected. However, if negotiations do not result in a settlement that is favorable to you, we will not hesitate to take your case to trial. We will use all legal tools, including the process of discovery to reveal all evidence of negligence that can help you recover damages. Contact our firm for an evaluation of your case today.
When you have just suffered the loss of a loved one, you are already going through a great amount of emotional distress and trauma. You need legal representation that is not only effective, but also sensitive to your needs and the trauma that you are undergoing. Our firm understands that this is an extremely difficult time for you, and will work to provide the kind of service that will ease your stress. We will return all phone calls within 24 hours, and you will be frequently informed about all proceedings and developments in your case. We can help you no matter what the cause of death-a serious car accident, trucking accident or any other type of serious injury. Contact our firm for a free evaluation today.