If you have lost a loved one in a fatal accident that was caused by someone else’s neglect and are considering filing an Illinois wrongful death lawsuit, you may be wondering how damages work in these types of claims. The first thing you want to do is contact a Chicago wrongful death attorney who will help determine if you have a viable case.To learn how to file a wrongful death lawsuit, visit our article library. Damages in an Illinois wrongful death claim are awarded to the deceased victim’s next of kin, starting with the spouse and/or children. If the victim does not have a living spouse or children, the compensation goes to parents and/or siblings, and finally to other family members if the victim does not have any living parents or siblings.These damages are to compensate for the loss and to prevent others from negligent actions that could result in someone else’s death.Damages from a wrongful death lawsuit can help cover costs associated with:
- Lost future wages;
- Funeral expenses;
- Pain and suffering for the family;
- Loss of financial support;
- Loss of parental guidance and support; and
- Loss of companionship.
Additionally, a survival action may also be filed which would compensate the deceased’s estate for damages incurred during and after the accident but before the victim succumbed to their injuries, such as:
- Medical bills;
- Pain and suffering of the victim;
- Lost wages; and
- Other considerations specific to the accident/claim.
Hiring a Chicago Wrongful Death LawyerA Chicago wrongful death lawyer at the Law Offices of Barry G. Doyle, P.C. can talk to you about the types of compensation that you and your family might be entitled to after the loss of a loved one. If you are coping with the loss of a spouse or family member after an Illinois accident, contact us today for a free case evaluation – 312-263-1080