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The thought of losing a loved one can be difficult to deal with. Especially if it was wrongful death, either through neglect, crime, or vehicular manslaughter. That is why understanding wrongful death can be helpful so that you may know the steps in order to file. We have put together information that may be helpful to you or your family, by understanding everything you need to know regarding wrongful death lawsuits within the state of Illinois or Southern Wisconsin.

If you already understand and know all the information about wrongful death, our team at Heller, Trakhtman and Associates does offer a free consultation. So, to get started how does one file for a wrongful death lawsuit? 

How to File for Wrongful Death in Illinois

Illinois states that wrongful death occurs when an individual dies as a result of a wrongful act, neglect, or default by another party. Wrongful death follows many of the same parameters as a personal injury case within Illinois. The main key factors of incidents are negligence, medical malpractice, or intentional acts that may have included a crime. These are the main types of what the state of Illinois considers as wrongful death. 

To file for wrongful death in the state of Illinois it must be done by an executor (personal representative) of the deceased person’s estate or a personal representative that the court has appointed in the event that the deceased did not have an estate. The statute of limitations states that a wrongful death lawsuit is two years from the date of the person’s death and within five years of the death if it was related to an intentional violent conduct. However, if the death of an individual happened due to a criminal case it can be filed as a wrongful death lawsuit within a year after the conclusion of the criminal case itself. 

How Can We Help You

If you are dealing with a potential wrongful death lawsuit our team here at Heller, Trakhtman and Associates can help you and your family. We understand that wrongful death lawsuits can be challenging in wake of a tragic loss, and we can help make this process easier. Here are some of the types of damages that can be awarded in a wrongful death lawsuit within the state of Illinois: 

  • Loss of Financial Support (loss of wages and benefits)
  • Loss of Consortium and Companionship
  • Loss of Instruction, Education, and Moral Training
  • Survivor’s Grief, Sorrow, and Suffering

Your family and lost loved one deserve the team to help you with your wrongful death lawsuit. Heller, Trakhtman & Associates has over 75+ years of experience in Illinois and has the tools and people to best help this process. We are experts in all things related to personal injury, therefore feel free to reach out to us about a free consultation today. Our team is ready to help you and your family be well represented with your wrongful death lawsuit. 

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