Wrongful Death Caused by Auto Accidents
Advocates for Wrongful Death Cases
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that more than 30,000 people were killed in car crashes in 2009, and more than 900 of those fatalities occurred in Illinois. When a person acts negligently, carelessly, or with a willful disregard for the lives of others, people can get hurt.
In Illinois, people who are injured in these situations have a claim for personal injury compensation. However, when you lose a loved one because of negligence, you and your family may have a claim for wrongful death.
At Friend, Levinson & Turner, LTD, our Illinois automobile accident attorneys have spent more than half a century providing quality service for the families of victims killed in automobile accidents. Our law firm stands ready to support you in your time of need when an automobile accident claims the life of a loved one.
You need a skilled lawyer for a wrongful death case
The wrongful death statutes in Illinois can be confusing for individuals without legal training and experience. Only certain family members and caretakers are entitled to compensation under the law, such as a surviving spouse and children of the deceased. If there is no surviving spouse, the following parties may be able to claim damages:
- Next of kin
- Adopted parent or adopted child
- Medical or surgical care providers who tended to the final needs of the victim
- Personal representatives handling the estate
Wrongful death cases also have a statute of limitations—or a time limit during which you must file a lawsuit for compensation. In Illinois, you have two years from the date on which the person died to file a claim. If you do not file within this period, you lose your rights to compensation.
Friend, Levinson & Turner, LTD focuses on getting you the compensation you deserve before the statute of limitations expires. A Chicago auto accident lawyer from our firm will negotiate aggressively with negligent drivers and the insurance companies representing them, but we are not afraid to file a lawsuit and appear before a judge and jury when necessary.
During this difficult time, you need the help and guidance that only an experienced law firm can provide. Our Chicago car accident attorneys provide the compassion you need and the aggressive advocates you deserve after losing a loved one in an automobile accident.