In a wrongful death lawsuit, a representative of the decedent’s estate (usually an immediate family member) is seeking damages from those who are responsible for the person’s death. A person may be held responsible for both negligent and intentional acts. The statute of limitations for wrongful death cases is usually within 1-3 years of when the death occurred. (In Illinois, the statute of limitations is 2 years from the date of death.) Consequently, it’s important to hire a wrongful death attorney immediately to make sure your case is viable.
In order for a wrongful death case to be successful, the plaintiff must prove the following:
Plaintiffs may sue for a variety of damages in wrongful death cases, including:
If you have lost a loved one because of the negligence or intentional wrongdoing of another, the lawyers at Ankin Law Office can help you pursue a wrongful death case. Our attorneys are familiar with many different causes of wrongful death. We are skilled in handling difficult cases including those involving children and elderly decedents and those in which doctor-patient privilege is at issue. Contact us today for a free consultation to discuss your case.