What is a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

Wrongful Death Attorneys Serving Clients in Chicago and Surrounding Areas

Losing someone we love due to a careless, negligent act can be absolutely unbearable. Yet when a loved one dies as a result of the negligent actions or misconduct of someone else, in an effort to obtain justice and/or ensure that that same act doesn’t harm someone else, the victim’s surviving family members have the option of filing a wrongful death lawsuit against the responsible parties to seek financial damages for their loss.

As wrongful death attorneys, our job is to prove that the wrongdoers’ negligent or unlawful actions caused the victim’s death. The wrongful death lawyers at Levin & Perconti have over 35 years experience defending the families of those killed by careless drivers, negligent healthcare providers, poor nursing home care, and/or defective products. For example, in 2010, John Perconti recovered $4.7 million, the largest wrongful death settlement ever recorded in Kane County, IL, for the family of a woman who was wrongfully killed by a semi-truck driver under the influence of drugs. Contact us today and we will provide you with compassionate legal counsel.

Common Wrongful Death Actions

Wrongful death actions are commonly brought in cases involving:

The Law in Illinois

A wrongful death claim must be filed within one year of the date of the deceased’s death under Illinois state statute. The action must be brought by and in the name of the deceased’s personal representative, for the exclusive benefit of the surviving spouse and next of kin.

Typically, the victim’s beneficiaries—including their spouse and/or dependents—bring the claim against the individual who is responsible, and can claim damages ranging from medical to funeral expenses, as well as lost wages (from the victim who passed), in addition to related damages, such as those that a jury feels are fair and just compensation for pecuniary injuries resulting from the death; injuries related to grief, sorrow, and mental suffering (also to their spouse and next of kin).

If the deceased did not leave a surviving spouse or next of kin, the damages must go to the exclusive benefit of those who provided hospitalization, hospital services, medical, or surgical services (not exceeding $450) and/or the personal representatives who covered the costs and expenses of administering the estate.

Contact Us for Assistance

A wrongful death lawsuit will never fill the void of losing a loved one, but it can help families recover compensation to pay for medical expenses, funeral costs and lost wages. If you have a loved one who died as a result of another person’s negligence, our wrongful death lawyers can help you determine if you have a case. Call us at 312-332-2872 to speak with an attorney, or fill out our Free Online Case Evaluation form online and a lawyer will call you back at your convenience.

Margaret, Daisy and Bryan. This magnificent cohesive team led by Margaret represented us for my mom's nursing home wrongful death case. They were most patient and responded timely to many questions throughout the entire process. All demonstrated professionalism and extensive knowledge of case and state laws. Their in-depth investigative work uncovered details which were unknown to us and yet sadly confirmed our suspicions. We would recommend the Levin and Perconti Law firm and especially this team. Kathy and Ron
Mr. Levin, Mr. Perconti and the firm handled a medical malpractice suit for my family. During that time, my family and I suffered the loss of my mother. Mr. Levin and Mr. Peconti were more than just our lawyers. Words can’t really express our gratitude. My family and I will always be grateful for the compassion that they showed us. I want to thank you for what you did for my family, and for always being there for us. W.R., Medical Malpractice Client
Our deepest appreciation to the law firm of Levin & Perconti, and in particular to Margaret Battersby Black, in the handling of the lawsuit we field n behalf of our sister who sustained life-threatening injuries as a nursing home resident. Margaret’s representation, guidance, and professionalism gave us the sense that we could put our trust in Levin & Perconti and the final outcome proved that to be true. D.G., Nursing Home Client
I want to send my heartfelt thanks to John Perconti and the Levin & Perconti staff in taking our case. Not only were they so professional but also so caring and thoughtful. It was very difficult going over the facts in our mother's case but they were so compassionate and understanding and allowed us to be with them every step of the way. We were able to sit in on the depositions and we were really able to see how hard they worked on our behalf. M.R.Z., nursing home client
Mr. Levin, Mr. Perconti, and the firm handled a medical malpractice suit for my family. During that time, my family and I suffered the loss of my mother. Mr. Levin and Mr. Perconti were more than just our lawyers. Words can’t really express our gratitude. W.R., medical malpractice client