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Will County wrongful death claim lawyerEvery single year, thousands of Americans are fatally injured due to negligence. Dealing with the emotions resulting from a death in the family can be unbearable. Whether they were caused by drunk driving, medical malpractice, or another form of negligence, wrongful death cases can be especially devastating. For families that experience a death, the financial impact (such as the loss of wages) can be crippling. If a member of your family has been fatally injured due to the negligence of another party, you should seek out a legal professional you can trust. 

The Most Common Forms of Wrongful Death

According to Illinois’ Wrongful Death Act, a wrongful death lawsuit may be pursued by a victim’s surviving family members if their death was caused by any negligent actions that could have resulted in a personal injury case. Some of the most common forms of wrongful death in the United States include: 

  • Motor Vehicle Collisions: Throughout 2017, a tragic 37,133 Americans were fatally injured in motor vehicle collisions. In a vast majority of fatal car accidents, the collision was caused by negligent driving. Some of the most deadly forms of negligent driving include speeding, texting while driving, and driving under the influence of alcohol. 
  • Workplace Accidents: According to studies conducted by OSHA, 5,147 American workers were killed while at work in 2017. Today, the construction industry is one of the most dangerous fields in which a person can work. Common fatal construction accidents include falls, burns, and electrocution. Falling alone accounted for 371 construction deaths in 2017. 
  • Elder Abuse: Nursing home negligence has become a national crisis in the United States. Nationwide, nearly five million elderly Americans are abused each year. Forms of nursing home abuse and neglect can include misdiagnosis, malnourishment, and failure to provide care. If you believe that the actions of a nursing home staff member were the cause of your loved one’s death, you deserve answers and compensation from the nursing home. 

Contact a Plainfield Wrongful Death Lawyer 

Emotionally recovering from a loved one’s death can be a truly traumatic experience. If your family member was fatally injured in a car crash, while on the job, due to medical negligence, or due to some other form of negligence, your family could be entitled to wrongful death compensation. With years of experience operating throughout the state of Illinois, Attorney Daniel Flaherty is prepared to ensure that your family receives the full compensation you deserve. To schedule a free consultation with a Will County wrongful death attorney, call us today at 815-577-7500. 

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Will County wrongful death claim attorneyThe pain of losing a loved one can be incredibly traumatic. The tragic loss of a spouse or a family member can be especially difficult when the loss was caused by someone else’s negligence. While finances are often far away from the forefront of one’s thought process after a tragedy in the family, losing a family member, especially a spouse or parent, can have a monumental impact on one’s financial security. If you believe your loved one was fatally injured by the reckless or negligent actions of another party, you should understand your options for pursuing compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit. 

The Wrongful Death Act

Here in the state of Illinois, a death in which a party is liable is defined by the state’s Wrongful Death Act (740 ILCS 180). According to Illinois law, wrongful death occurs when the death of a person is caused by neglect or a wrongful act that would normally constitute a personal injury suit if the injuries suffered were not fatal. Common situations involving wrongful death include fatal injury suffered in a car accident, death in a workplace accident, or the negligence of a nursing home employee ultimately leading to the death of a resident.

The Survival Act

While the Wrongful Death Act addresses the damages caused to a victim’s family members, another law, the Survival Act, allows for a victim’s estate to pursue compensation from the person responsible for their death. A lawsuit filed under the Survival Act can seek to recover damages caused by the negligent party to the victim, such as medical expenses, lost income, property damage, and pain and suffering. Any compensation recovered will be paid to the deceased person’s estate, and it will then be distributed to their next of kin according to the terms of their last will and testament.

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Illinois truck accident lawyerA truck driver responsible for the deaths of five people was recently sentenced to 10 years in prison. The deadly truck accident occurred in northern Illinois.

The truck driver pleaded guilty to five counts of reckless homicide. He also pleaded guilty to falsifying logbook records tracking how many hours he had worked.

The 2014 accident occurred on Interstate 55 near Channahon when traffic slowed down in a construction zone. Four of the fatalities were adults, and one 11-year-old also died. In one car, the accident claimed the life of a father, but his three children survived.

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