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Chicago Wrongful Death Attorney

Losing a loved one is hard enough, but when their death occurs because of someone else’s mistake, as a surviving spouse, you deserve answers and compensation. If you need a Chicago wrongful death attorney, look to the Law Offices of Joseph Younes, P.C. With nearly 40 years of successful experience handling personal injury lawsuits, our attentive and personalized legal representation will help get you the settlement and verdict you deserve!

What is wrongful death in Chicago

In Illinois, wrongful death is any wrongful act, exhibited negligent behavior, or default that leads to the casualty of another person. In the case the person recovers from their injuries, they can be entitled to a personal injury claim.

While there are many circumstances that can lead to a wrongful death case, the most common cases:

  • Vehicle, truck, and/or motorcycle accidents;
  • Medical malpractice;
  • Unsafe products;
  • Pedestrian accidents;
  • Work accidents;
  • Intentional and voluntary criminal acts.

If you have lost a loved one due to negligence in one of these situations, you could be entitled to compensation for your emotional pain and suffering. Let our diligent and experienced wrongful death attorneys help you navigate through this difficult situation.

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Can I file a wrongful death claim?

After such tragic circumstances, it’s only natural to pursue justice for your loved one. In Illinois, wrongful death lawsuits can be claimed on behalf of another person, but these claims can only be filed by the personal representative, or executor of their estate. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t fall into this situation! You can still work with them on a wrongful death suit.

Due to statute limitations, most claims need to be filed within two years of the person’s death, or within five years if the death was the result of intentional violence. A claim may also be submitted one year after the conclusion of a criminal case against the offender.

What am I entitled to under a wrongful death suit?

There are three different kinds of damages that can be awarded in a wrongful death suit.

  • Financial and economic damages, which may include compensation for loss of wages, loss of financial support, funeral expenses, and more;
  • Emotional or relationship damage, which can include pain and suffering, loss of emotional support, and more;
  • Punitive damages, which are damages intended to punish the perpetrator.

  • Under Illinois law, there are no caps for wrongful death awards or settlements. Juries in Illinois are among the most generous in the country, and have delivered 75 nuclear verdicts, or verdicts over $10 million dollars. As your wrongful death law firm, we would help determine the right amount that you should ask for and fight to help you get it.

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Turn to a Chicago wrongful death attorney

p>You may be tempted to settle with an insurance company, but they don’t have your best interests at heart. If you’ve lost a loved one to someone else’s negligence, you have the right to be immediately acknowledged and justly compensated for your loss. At the Law Office of Joseph Younes, P.C., you can rely on our four decades of legal practice and expertise to give your case the time, care, and attention it deserves.

Schedule a free consultation to talk to us today.

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The Illinois wrongful death statute of limitations is two years from the date of death.

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