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Attorney For Families of Victims of Fatal Accidents in Cook County

When a person is injured due to someone else's negligence, the effects are often felt by the victim's entire family. This is especially true if the injuries prove fatal and the family is left to deal with the untimely loss of their loved one. Such a loss can bring emotional trauma along with financial hardship, and surviving family members are likely to find themselves in need of significant assistance.

In many cases, this assistance can come in large part from compensation for damages through a wrongful death claim against the negligent party. At Adler Law Offices, LTD., we provide grieving families with the care and attention they need during a difficult time and help them reach a fair resolution that accounts for the different ways they have been impacted by their loss. Our services come with no fee unless we recover compensation for your family.

Situations Resulting in Wrongful Death

It is an unfortunate fact of life that people are often exposed to risks of serious injury or death, especially when others fail to uphold their duty of care to the people around them. We represent clients in wrongful death cases resulting from many different circumstances, including:

  • Car, truck, and motorcycle accidents - Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of accidental death in the U.S. Accidents involving speeding, drunk driving, and large, heavy commercial trucks are especially deadly, and motorcyclists are at greater risk of fatality due to the lack of protection provided by their vehicles.
  • Dog bites - Severe dog bites can result in excessive bleeding and other fatal injuries, especially among children and the elderly.
  • Slip, trip, and fall accidents - Falls caused by the negligence of a property owner can be fatal if the victim suffers a traumatic brain injury or falls down stairs or an incline.
  • Construction site accidents - Construction workers may suffer fatal injuries due to third-party negligence involving dangerous equipment or machinery, falls from scaffolding, or exposure to chemical, electrical, and environmental hazards.
  • Medical malpractice - The negligence of a health care provider can result in wrongful death in cases involving missed or inaccurate diagnoses, incorrect prescriptions or dosages, surgical errors, and birth injuries.
  • Nursing home abuse and neglect - Nursing home residents may be the victims of wrongful death due to inadequate nutrition, hygiene, supervision, and safety standards, or physical assault by nursing home staff.

Filing a Claim for Wrongful Death in Illinois

According to Illinois law, a wrongful death claim may be filed under the same circumstances in which a surviving injury victim could file a personal injury claim. This means that it is necessary to demonstrate that the fatal injuries were caused by the negligence of another person, such as a driver, dog owner, property owner, doctor, nursing home staff member, or another party, depending on the nature of the accident. An attorney can provide valuable assistance in gathering evidence of negligence and using it to support the claim in settlement negotiations or a court trial.

Wrongful death claims must be brought by the victim's personal representative, who may or may not be a close family member. Settlements and verdicts in wrongful death cases can encompass a wide range of damages, including:

  • The victim's medical expenses, property damage, and pain and suffering
  • The surviving family members' loss of financial support from the victim's income and benefits
  • The surviving family members' grief, mental trauma, and loss of companionship
  • The costs of the victim's funeral and burial

Contact a Rolling Meadows Wrongful Death Attorney

If you have lost a loved one and someone else is at fault, contact us at 847-394-0100 or 312-236-2700 for a free consultation to learn how we can help you and your family recover full compensation. We serve injury victims and their families throughout Cook County and the surrounding areas, including Rolling Meadows, Arlington Heights, Chicago, Mount Prospect, and Palatine.

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