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Wrongful Death Attorney Chicago, IL

There is absolutely nothing that can take away the pain and grief that comes with losing a loved one and if you have suffered a loss, the pain can be so overwhelming and unbearable.  There can be an added layer of emotions if your loved one passed away because of someone’s negligence.  Our compassionate wrongful death attorneys understand how paralyzing this tragedy can be for your family and we are here to help you through this horrific time in your life.

If someone else caused the death of your loved one, our wrongful death attorneys at Kanuru Law Group are here to hold them responsible for the pain and grief that they have caused your family.  Although no amount of money could ever make up for your loss, you may be entitled to compensation under the law and that compensation may help to ease your financial burden and allow you to work through your grief.

What is Considered Wrongful Death?

Wrongful death claims happen for any type of situation in which a personal injury claim could have been filed if the person had survived the accident.  This can include situations of negligence and wrongdoing along with deaths that were caused by dangerous premises and defective products.  Other examples of wrongful death claims including incidents resulting from:

  • Auto accidents
  • Construction accidents
  • Explosion accidents
  • Dangerous premises accidents
  • Defective and dangerous products accidents
  • Medical malpractice
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Nursing home abuse
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Slips and falls accidents
  • Surgical errors
  • Trucking accidents
  • Workplace accidents

There are many wrongful death cases that involve either a brain or spinal cord injury.  Both of these injuries can have fatal results and are incredibly common in serious accidents such as motor vehicle accidents, workplace accidents and slips/falls.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, up to 30% of injury-related deaths were the result of a traumatic brain injury, and 92% of the victims who had a penetrating traumatic brain injury passed away because of their injuries.  Kanuru Law Group has vast experience helping to recover compensation for those who passed away because of a brain injury or spinal cord injury.

Illinois Wrongful Death

Under Illinois law, the surviving spouse and next of kin are eligible to file a claim against the party who was responsible for the death of their loved one.  In order to be successful in their claim, the plaintiff will need to be able to prove that the defendant was responsible for the death of their loved one and that the death was the result of the defendant’s negligent or intentional wrongdoing.  With the help of Kanuru Law Group, the surviving spouse and next of kin may be able to seek damages for:

  • Anguish and grief
  • Funeral and other death-related expenses
  • Loss of companionship and consortium
  • Loss of future income and benefits
  • Loss of future inheritance
  • Loss of parental guidance (if decedent had children who were minors)
  • Loss of spousal companionship
  • Medical bills
  • Pain and suffering

There may also be some situations in which the surviving spouse and next of kin can seek punitive damages.

Wrongful death claims are extremely complex and it can be challenging to navigate through the legal complexities without the legal expertise of Kanuru Law Group’s proficient wrongful death attorneys.  In order to give yourself the best chance of success at obtaining compensation for the loss of your loved one, contact one of our attorneys today.

Who can file a wrongful death claim?

Most states allow for immediate family members of the decedent to file a wrongful death lawsuit.  This would include:

  • Surviving spouse or legal partner
  • Parents
  • Children
    • Stepchildren
    • Adopted children

There may also be situations in which a sibling, grandparent or other family member who relied on the victim may be able to file a lawsuit.  There are different requirements according to the state that you live in, but some do allow for multiple plaintiffs to file a claim.

Kanuru Law Group’s wrongful death attorneys will help you to navigate through the legal process and will let you know if you are entitled to compensation for the loss of your loved one.  We will be your fierce advocates to get you the compensation you deserve.

Illinois does differ from other states in that it does not require family members to pursue compensation by filing a claim on behalf of their loved one’s estate.  Although, wrongful death claims do generally overlap with “survival” claims, and those claims are brought on behalf of the estate so the family can recover for the decedent’s losses that occurred prior to their passing.

The difference between filing a direct claim instead of filling a claim on behalf of the estate is incredibly important.  Any damages that are recovered will go right to the spouse of next of kin, first of all, and secondly, any recovered amounts will not be subject to claims by the deceased victim’s creditors.  Also, because the wrongful death claim will be providing compensation to family members for their own personal actions, they do not preclude survival actions from also being filed on behalf of the estate.

Since Illinois wrongful death claims are so incredibly complex, it is in the best interest of family members to seek legal representation if they are pursuing compensation.  If you settle with an insurance company, you are very likely to be banned from ever pursuing another claim, and you may not be getting the full compensation that you deserve and are entitled to.  Kanuru Law Group is here to ensure that you get the maximum compensation for your tragic loss.

Statute of Limitations

There are very strict time limitations in which a wrongful death lawsuit can be filed, and this is called the statute of limitations.  Therefore, it is important that you act quickly in order to protect your rights and get the compensation that you are fully entitled to.  Kanuru Law Group’s wrongful death attorneys are here to protect your rights and ensure that you are compensated for your loss.  Our attorneys will begin with a legal analysis and will fully investigate your situation and prepare the necessary documents to provide you and your family with a successful outcome.

Kanuru Law Group’s wrongful death lawyers have the necessary skills and experience to bring justice to your family and provide you with the compensation you deserve.  We have vast experience working with clients who have suffered a loss from all types of accidents and we will be able to assess your case and inform you of the types of damages that you may be entitled to receive.

Contact Chicago’s Wrongful Death Lawyer

For more information on your wrongful death case, contact Kanuru Law Group today. Our top wrongful death lawyers are ready to speak with you, so please give us a call for a free consultation. We understand how to approach these accident cases and are ready to protect your rights and recover compensation for you.