Wrongful death is defined as one caused by the negligence or irresponsible actions of another. Regardless of when or how it happens, the death of a loved one is one of the most difficult events anyone faces in a lifetime. When someone dies needlessly, your loss is even more difficult to accept.
In the event of a wrongful death, the individual or entity responsible for the death may be held liable and, in Illinois, the estate of the deceased has the right to pursue a civil action and seek damages. You and your family may be entitled to medical and funeral expenses, loss of the victim’s anticipated earnings until the time of retirement or natural death, pain and suffering experienced by the victim leading to the death, survivors’ loss of care, protection and companionship and mental anguish.
At Ambrose & Associates, we have substantial experience with wrongful death cases. When you turn to our firm for help, our attorneys will fight for your rights and aggressively pursue legal remedies to ensure liable parties are held responsible.
A statute of limitations in Illinois sets the time limit an estate has to file wrongful death suit, generally two years from the date of the accident. It is vital to consult an attorney as soon as possible. Depending on the circumstances surrounding the death, the estate of the deceased may have a year our less to file a lawsuit.
If you have reason to believe the death of a loved one was caused by someone else’s negligent behavior, contact us at (312) 726-1470 or toll free at (866) 696-1381 or email us to arrange an appointment to discuss your legal options.
How the attorneys at Ambrose & Associates have helped our clients:
$3,900,000 Settlement – A DuPage County settlement was reached on behalf of two minor children for the wrongful death of their mother. The mother was killed in a car accident, when a drunk driver lost control of his car.
$3,000,000 Verdict – An unlicensed truck driver crushed a man to death between the truck and a milk trailer. This Chicago wrongful death verdict was awarded to the surviving children.
$2,450,000 Verdict – A pregnant woman and her unborn child were killed when a worker mistakenly drove on the wrong side of the road and collided head on with her vehicle. The Will County car accident also seriously injured the woman’s husband. A federal court wrongful death verdict was awarded to the husband and two minor children.
$1,800,000 Settlement – A Cook County wrongful death settlement was obtained for an elderly passenger who was killed in a car accident when the driver steered off the side of the road.
$1,500,000 Verdict – A Chicago wrongful death lawsuit was tried before a jury against two officers who shot and killed a man based on a mistaken identification. The officers contended the man tried to run over them with his car when they approached him for questioning about a robbery. The verdict was upheld on appeal in the Illinois Appellate Court.
$1,000,000 Settlement after opening statements – A Chicago wrongful death action brought on behalf of a woman who was killed by a truck when her car was T-boned at an intersection during a funeral procession. After opening statements the entire insurance policy for the truck driver was offered to settle the case.