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Wrongful Death

Losing a loved one is difficult, but losing someone due to another’s negligence is devastating. While no amount of money can ever compensate for the loss of a loved one, being financially secure in your future and the comfort of seeing responsible parties brought to justice can provide a sense of closure and security to survivors. We will guide you through the legal system and help you maximize the amount recovered for your family.

What You Need to Know

Illinois allows the heirs of a family to file a wrongful death lawsuit when another party’s negligence resulted in death. In awarding money to a family who has suffered the loss of a loved one, Illinois courts consider:

  • The amount of money earned by the deceased
  • Loss of companionship
  • The savings of the deceased
  • The degree to which survivors were financially dependent on the deceased
  • Expenses incurred by survivors for medical and funeral costs

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What Is Wrongful Death Lawsuit In The Legal Context?

Before you can determine whether you have the grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit, you need to understand what qualifies as wrongful death. Plainly put, it is defined as any unintentional action or negligent behavior that results in the death of another person. There does not need to be ill intent involved for a case to qualify for wrongful death under Illinois law.


Some examples that qualify include the following:

Loss of a loved one in a car accident determined to be the fault of another motorist or truck driver. Depending on the severity of the reckless behavior involved, the driver may also face criminal charges.

Medical malpractice resulting in fatal injuries. This can include surgical errors, injuries during birth, misdiagnosis and injuries caused by medical devices.

Nursing home neglect or abuse that results in a medical condition or injuries that claim the life of the patient.

Workplace accidents. Most fatal work accidents occur on construction sites, but any accident that occurs at work due to another person’s irresponsible behavior that claims the life of another may qualify as wrongful death.

Fatal drug reactions. When drug manufacturers do not provide adequate warnings about their medications and patients suffer severe and fatal side effects, the manufacturer may be held liable on grounds of wrongful death.

What Can HSPRD Do For You?

  • Personal attention. Provide personal guidance, assistance and service.
  • Step-by-step care. Wrongful death lawsuits are complicated to manage and take time to resolve so we will walk you through the process.
  • Provide support. Provide patient, compassionate and caring support during the tough times that coincide with wrongful death claims.

Frequently Asked Questions


When it comes to making this decision we ask our clients to keep in mind that defendants frequently have teams of attorneys on staff prepared to find ways to pay out as little as possible on every claim. So why not hire an accomplished team of attorneys who focus on personal injury litigation and workers’ compensation to level the playing field for you?

The value of your case depends greatly on the evidence provided. You may be entitled to compensation for a variety of damages caused. Some of these damages may include:

  • Past medical bills
  • Future medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering

In most cases, yes, your personal injury lawsuit has to be filed in a courthouse within a certain period of time or it is forever barred in Illinois. A typical personal injury case must be filed within two years. Exceptions to that rule include filing against a municipality, which must be filed within one year, or filing a workers’ compensation claim in Illinois, which has to be filed within three years. It is important to get an attorney involved as early as possible so we can best advise you.

Yes, you can file a case if you are undocumented in the workers’ compensation department as well as the personal injury department. We can defend your rights and recover fair compensation for you.

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Negligence is the main cause of the majority of accidents we see. You may be faced with teams of attorneys defending someone who is clearly in the wrong. Don’t wait, let HSPRD’s personal injury and workers’ compensation lawyers help you get the compensation you deserve. We are available 24/7 and you can reach us at 312.719.0507.

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