Rockford Wrongful Death Lawyer
Rockford Wrongful Death Lawyer
Under any circumstance, losing a loved one is nearly impossible to bear. But when someone else’s negligence caused your loss, you deserve compensation for your suffering. A Rockford wrongful death attorney can help.
Losing a loved one is a catastrophic event that will change your life forever. A fatal accident is serious, and the responsible parties must be identified and held accountable, not only so we can get you the compensation you deserve, but also to keep them from doing this to anyone else in the future.
A Rockford wrongful death lawyer can thoroughly investigate the accident and help you decide how best to go about seeking compensation. Here at Mahoney & Mahoney, we’ll treat you like family and work hard to get you the compensation you deserve after your unimaginable loss.
Types of Deadly Accidents
A wrongful death lawyer in Rockford will investigate the accident that caused your loved one’s death, speak to witnesses and neighbors, and figure out exactly who is responsible.
Many accidents—even seemingly minor ones—can become deadly. For an elderly person, a slip-and-fall accident that would be painful for a younger person could easily become fatal. Others, like a violent car crash, are more clearly deadly.
Some of the most common types of deadly accidents in Rockford include the following:
- Car accidents of any type, whether due to a drowsy driver or a faulty part, sometimes result in death.
- Construction accidents usually fall under workers compensation coverage, but if a party other than your loved one’s employer is at fault, then a suit for personal injury or wrongful death can be filed.
- Premises liability accidents like dog attacks and swimming pool drownings are all too common.
- Product liability accidents can include a gas grill that explodes or a defective motorcycle part that causes a fatal crash, among other incidents.
Statute of Limitations in Wrongful Death Lawsuits
The statute of limitations for wrongful death claims in Illinois is technically one year, but the underlying cause of wrongful death is generally a personal injury, which has a two-year limitation. This means you have at least one year from death and likely two years from the initial injury to file a claim.
Who Can Sue for Wrongful Death in Illinois?
Every state limits who is allowed to file a wrongful death lawsuit to certain individuals, usually immediate family members. Illinois specifically allows the spouse, next of kin, and minor or adult children to file a wrongful death lawsuit and receive compensation.
Wrongful Death Compensation
The compensation you can receive with a successful Rockford wrongful death claim is decided by the level of dependency each person had on the deceased, which is dependent on the circumstances as decided by a court assessment.
Generally, family members can receive compensation for the following:
- Medical costs for attempts to save the deceased person’s life
- Expected income loss estimated into the future
- Grief, sorrow, and mental suffering of the family
- Pain and suffering of the deceased person prior to death
- Psychological therapy for the family
- Loss of consortium, companionship, and care
- Property damage, if applicable
Funeral and burial expenses are usually given directly to the deceased person’s estate.
Dealing with Insurance Companies’ Tactics
Even in the event of a catastrophe like the death of a loved one, insurance companies are only interested in their bottom line. If your wrongful death claim involves an insurance company, you will likely find that insurers will do anything they can to minimize the compensation they’re required to pay out.
This includes trying to blame the deceased for all or part of the accident. Insurers often misuse Illinois’ comparative negligence policy to reduce what they owe your family. Comparative negligence allows multiple parties to share the blame for an accident and proportionally reduces compensation for victims if they are partially to blame.
Under this policy, if you’re awarded $1 million, but your loved one is found to be 10 percent at fault for his or her death, you’ll only receive $900,000.
This might not seem like much of a difference, but the losses associated with your loved one’s death likely will extend far into the future. We’ll do what we must to protect your family and keep insurers from taking advantage of you.
Speak with a Rockford Wrongful Death Attorney
Your loss cannot be healed with compensation, but you and your family need to be financially secure while you grieve. The lost income and other economic expenses of losing a loved one can be enormous, but the emotional suffering of losing a loved one needs to be addressed with proper compensation, as well.
A qualified lawyer will not only represent you in negotiations and court, but we’ll be there for you throughout the entire process to advise you and answer any questions you may have. The attorneys at Mahoney & Mahoney will do all we can to make you comfortable while we fight for every bit of compensation you deserve as you grieve and heal.
When you’re able, call us at 815-656-4600 or fill out the online contact form below to schedule a free consultation with a Rockford wrongful death lawyer.