Geneva & Sycamore Wrongful Death Lawyers
Help Loved Ones in DeKalb, Kane & Kendall Counties and All of Northern Illinois Counties Find Closure
The unexpected death of a loved one due to an accident or act of negligence is one of the worst tragedies an individual can endure. The sense of loss, grief, and pain are often too great, rendering you unable to navigate through dense legal documents and terminology. At Turner Law Group, we understand the hardships associated with wrongful death. That is why we are so passionate about helping clients fight for the compensation they deserve.
Since 1981, our firm has been privileged to represent families throughout DeKalb, Kane & Kendall Counties and All of Northern Illinois Counties in wrongful death claims. Our compassionate legal team is dedicated to providing personalized attention and care to get you the results you deserve.
What is Wrongful Death?
Wrongful death is considered any act that results in a fatality due to another’s negligent or intentional actions. This can also include fatalities resulting from defective products or dangerous premises.
Common accidents, injuries, and incidents that can result in wrongful death claims include:
- Nursing home abuse and negligence resulting in death from choking, malnutrition, fractures, or other forms of suffering
- Dangerous drugs and medical devices where side effects are unknown to the patient
- Car accidents caused by the negligence of another person, such as a drunk or distracted driver
- Motorcycle accidents caused by negligent vehicle drivers
- Negligent security that results in any fatalities of people lawfully on a property
- Slip and fall accidents that result in fatalities
- Premises liability accidents such as fires or drownings
- Dog bites that result in death
Filing a Wrongful Death Claims in Illinois
In Illinois, the only parties entitled to recovery from the responsible parties are the surviving spouse and/or the next of kin. Compensation claims may be pursued to cover pain and suffering, loss of future income and benefits, funeral and other death-related expenses, and loss of companionship.
Should there be no surviving spouse or next of kin, damages are for the sole benefit of:
- Personal representatives as reimbursement for estate administration and related performed duties up to $900 plus reasonable attorney’s fees; and/or
- The parties who provided medical or surgical services in conjunction with the deceased’s last illness or injury up to $450; and/or
- The parties who provided hospital services related to the deceased’s last illness or injury up to $450
Illinois Wrongful Death Statute of Limitations
For wrongful death that was the result of negligence, spouses and/or next of kin must take legal action within two years of the date of the death.
Illinois Wrongful Death Claims FAQ:
Our wrongful death lawyers in Geneva and Sycamore help answer some of your most common questions.
How long does it take to settle a wrongful death claim?
Wrongful death cases can be extremely complicated and on average take several years to reach a settlement. Our firm focuses on getting you the results you need, not rushing through a case. In some cases, a quick settlement can often mean that the insurance company is getting away with paying much less than they should. Don't risk results for speed! Contact our firm for quality representation.
What is the average wrongful death settlement in Illinois?
The factors taken into account when calculating a wrongful death settlement are the following: medical expenses for your lost loved one, funeral expenses, lost earnings, emotional damage or loss of consortium, and punitive damages. While the monetary value may differ from case to case, these are the factors generally taken into account.
Who is considered "next of kin" in Illinois?
Next of kin will depend on who is the closest surviving relative of the deceased. First, there is the spouse and/or surviving children. If there are neither, the next in line would be parents or siblings. If there are no surviving parents or siblings the next of kin would be other surviving relatives.
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