The Law Office of Paul M. Marriett is a Rockford based personal injury practice that deals with personal injury cases involving wrongful death. When you and your family are dealing with the aftermath of a devastating loss, one of the things you need is an attorney with the compassion to understand what you and your family are going through, and that’s also equipped to seek compensation for the surviving family members.
The wrongful death act can be found at 740 ILCS 180. Essentially the Illinois legislature allows surviving family members of someone that was killed due to a wrongful act, neglect, or default, to stand in the shoes of their deceased family member in order to recover damages through a wrongful death suit.
The aggressive wrongful death trial attorneys at the Rockford based Law Office of Paul M. Marriett, will seek to obtain the best experts to build and prepare cases for trial, and in so doing will help recover just compensation for surviving family either at trial, or through settlement negotiations.
Q & A
Who Do You Represent in a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
Typically, we represent surviving family members of a decedent such as a surviving spouse, children, or other family members such as parents, siblings, etc. In certain cases such as if the victim was a minor, parents and siblings can be the claimants in a law suit. Last, if there were no surviving family members a victim’s personal estate can bring a wrongful death lawsuit.
How Are Damages Awarded if There are Multiple Surviving Family Members?
At trial if damages are awarded a judge will distribute the funds to each family member. Specifically there will be a factual determination based on factors such as the closeness of a relationship, the quality of a relationship, and other factors that can influence a distribution.
When a judge or a jury looks to assessing damages, in personal injury cases, including wrongful death actions damages can include:
- Loss of companionship, Loss of future income, Loss of consortium, etc.
- Damages in general can include medical expenses, lost wages, physical disability, and property damage, etc.
Meeting with a qualified Rockford wrongful death attorney is free, and there is no fee for us to handle a case unless we win. If you have more questions about a wrongful death case or want to schedule a free consultation with a Rockford wrongful death attorney, feel free to contact our office at (815) 391-0089.