Losing a loved one is one of the most stressful events in your life. The frustration and grief can be compounded by the fact that their death was caused by another person’s negligence. If you are a parent, spouse, or child of the individual who was killed, you can bring a suit for wrongful death. Navigating the complex Illinois legal system can be hard. It is crucial that you have an experienced attorney on your side to assist you; Simpson Peterson is dedicated to assist family members to get the justice they deserve.
Damages for Wrongful Death
While no amount of money can ever bring back your loved one, sometimes the financial struggle after losing a loved one is overwhelming. This is particularly true when the person who has passed was the main source of income for your household. When you sue for wrongful death, you may receive compensation for the following:
- Lost wages
- Medical bills
- Funeral and burial costs
- Loss of kinship/companionship
- Mental suffering
In limited circumstances, there may be other damages paid, such as punitive damages. In order to understand what compensation you may be entitled to, contact an attorney at Simpson Peterson.
When Do I File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
According to Illinois law, you are required to file your case within the statute of limitations for the type of injury case, or within one year of the death of your loved one. If you do not file your wrongful death lawsuit within that timeframe, the court can refuse to hear the case and you won’t be able to recover any losses. Make sure that you seek the advice of an attorney well before the end of the statute of limitations so they can properly prepare your case to be filed.