A Firm Providing Compassionate And Tireless Representation In Wrongful Death Litigation
There are few experiences in life more difficult than the loss of a family member. It is especially difficult to cope when the death was premature and preventable. If you lost a loved one due to the negligence or wrongful acts of another person, business or organization, it’s important to understand your options for seeking accountability and compensation. No amount of money can replace the person you’ve lost, but it can defray the very real costs associated with a loved one’s death.
Our attorneys at Anesi Ozmon, LTD, are honored to represent the estate of wrongful death victims and help their families recover much-needed and deserved compensation. Since 1955, our firm has been a trusted legal resource for clients throughout Illinois. We have recovered millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for injury victims and the families of those who have died. We will work just as tirelessly for you.
When To Pursue A Wrongful Death Claim
Litigation for wrongful death shares many similarities to personal injury claims. The biggest difference is the degree of harm (death vs. injury). Many wrongful death claims stem from scenarios such as:
- Auto accidents
- Medical negligence and physician malpractice
- Dangerous and defective products or medications
- Accidents due to hazards on dangerous private property
- Acts of crime and violence
If your loved one was killed in an accident or act that would have qualified for a personal injury lawsuit (had they survived), you likely have an actionable wrongful death claim. In most cases, you only have two years from the date of death to file a claim, so it is important to consult an attorney as soon as reasonably possible.
Who Can File A Claim For Wrongful Death
The other major difference between personal injury and wrongful death cases is who acts as the plaintiff. Because the victim has died, a surrogate must sue on their behalf. In Illinois, the only person with legal standing to bring a wrongful death claim is the personal representative (executor) of the victim’s estate.
A family member cannot sue unless they have also been named as the personal representative in the victim’s will or appointed to that position by a court.
Compensation That May Be Available To Victims’ Families
Although family members don’t have standing to bring a claim (except as described above), they are likely to be the primary beneficiaries of a successful jury verdict or settlement in the case. Our attorneys work tirelessly to help families recover compensation for:
- Medical bills leading up to the victim’s death
- Funeral and burial expenses
- The victim’s pain and suffering
- Loss of lifetime earnings and inheritance
- Loss of love, support and guidance
- Loss of services and benefits
- Loss of companionship/consortium
- Mental anguish
A law change in 2023 now allows families to recover punitive damages, if warranted, in many types of wrongful death claims. Punitive damages are intended to punish the at-fault party for conduct that was particularly egregious.
Tell Us Your Story And Learn About Your Legal Options
Based in Chicago, Anesi Ozmon, LTD, serves clients throughout Illinois in personal injury and wrongful death matters. To share your story with one of our caring attorneys, contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation. You can call 312-997-5784 or submit an online contact form.