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Wrongful Death Lawyer Chicago

If you’ve lost someone to the negligence, recklessness, or otherwise wrongful actions of someone else, it’s a tragedy that can never be righted. While no amount of compensation can ever bring your loved one back, obtaining the compensation to which you are entitled can help you and your family continue to move forward on the path toward healing. If you’ve lost a loved one to the negligence of another, you need the professional legal counsel of an experienced wrongful death lawyer in Chicago in your corner. 

Your Wrongful Death Claim

On one hand, your wrongful death case involves the claim that your loved one would have brought against the at-fault party if he or she had survived the accident or incident in question. Additionally, however, your wrongful death claim will address the damages you suffer as a result of your loss. 

Who May File?

In the State of Illinois, wrongful death claims are filed by a personal representative of the decedent who represents the next of kin (or is the next of kin), including:

  • The decedent’s spouse
  • The decedent’s parent, if the decedent was a minor child
  • The decedent’s adult child 

Civil vs. Criminal Cases

If the event that causes your loved one to be killed is a criminal matter, the state will bring a criminal case against the at-fault party, but this does not preclude you from also bringing a civil case (your wrongful death case). Civil cases are predicated upon monetary damages – like those you’ve experienced as a result of your loss. 

The Statute of Limitations

Wrongful death claims tend to be very complicated, and coping with the aftermath of a loss of this magnitude is often overwhelming. This is why it’s important to keep in mind that you must file your wrongful death claim within two years of your loss. This is what is known as the statute of limitations, and it can play a critical role in your case.

Your Compensation

The damages associated with the loss of a loved one that is caused by someone else’s negligence (or worse) tend to be overwhelming, and the State of Illinois’s wrongful death laws allow you to pursue the following damages on behalf of your loved one:

  • Medical expenses incurred in the interim from the time of the accident to death
  • Funeral and burial fees

Additionally, you can pursue damages on your own behalf, including:

  • Direct financial losses, such as lost financial support (now and into the future)
  • The loss of your loved one’s companionship, support, affection, and love
  • The grief, emotional pain, and mental anguish you’ve suffered as a result of your loss

An Experienced Wrongful Death Lawyer in Chicago Can Help

Wrongful death claims are an important branch of personal injury law, and the dedicated wrongful death lawyers at The Horwitz Law Group in Chicago have impressive reserves of experience guiding these complicated claims towards just resolutions. Our accomplished legal team is here to help you, so please don’t hesitate to contact us and schedule a free initial consultation today.

Case Results


for a motor vehicle wrongful death case.


for a 75-year-old woman who suffered an above the knee amputation due to being run over by a private school bus.


for a young lady who was run over by a private waste hauling company while crossing the street.


for a trucking accident resulting in the death of the driver.


for a 70 year old man who died, without any living relatives, seven months after being hit by a car while crossing the street.


for a client whose family was killed by a street sweeper that ran a red light.


for a client injured in a 2005 Metra train derailment case.


for a minor rear-ended on an expressway in Kankakee.


for a premises liability accident resulting in below the knee amputation.


for a woman who was hit by a car while crossing the street.


for a client who was injured on the CTA red line train.


for a bicyclist hit by a car.


for a passenger injured in a rideshare rollover accident.


for a rideshare accident injury.


for a low-speed rear-end accident.


for injuries in a van accident pulling a trailer.


for a minor injured in a ride-share accident.


for a pedestrian injured due to a sidewalk defect.


for a passenger injured in a rideshare rollover accident.


for a driver injured in an auto accident.


for injuries from a right-turning truck.


for a family injured in an auto accident.


for a law enforcement officer rear-ended by a truck.


for a motorcyclist rear-ended.


for an individual injured by a dog.


for a bicyclist hit by a car while crossing the street.


for a driver rear-ended on the expressway.


for a client who had lawyers at another law firm trying to settle the accident case for only $60,000.

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