Nothing is more painful than losing a family member due to another person’s reckless actions. When a careless driver causes a fatal accident by texting, speeding, driving while intoxicated or another form of negligence, an entire family is devastated.
At Healy Scanlon Law Firm in Chicago, our attorneys hold negligent drivers accountable when their behavior causes another person’s death. We have obtained numerous multimillion-dollar recoveries for our clients, including several verdicts and settlements over $20 million. If you have lost a family member in a car accident, we offer a free initial consultation to discuss your options.
A death that occurs due to the negligence of another is considered a wrongful death. Even if the other party’s actions were not criminal, the family members of the victim can hold the negligent party accountable in civil court. A wrongful death action can compensate the victims and also make a finding about responsibility.
The first step in filing a wrongful death lawsuit consists of appointing a personal representative for the estate. Our lawyers can guide you through the legal process and help you determine which family members are eligible.
In Illinois, family members can seek compensation for damages such as:
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