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When Should You Sue for Wrongful Death?

Wrongful death lawsuits are filed when a loved one is killed because of someone’s recklessness, carelessness, or negligence. Losing a loved one is a traumatizing experience in life. However, if the loved one was killed because of someone else’s wrongdoing, it only adds to this painful experience. Aside from the emotional pain, the loved one’s sudden death can leave families with unexpected losses and expenses that can prevent you from moving forward with life. 

One bright side is that Illinois law allows you to recover compensation from the responsible party through a wrongful death lawsuit if you are in this situation. If you are interested in learning your legal options after a wrongful death, please contact The Horwitz Law Group today for a free case evaluation. 

Incidents that Can Lead to a Wrongful Death Case

In Illinois, wrongful death occurs due to another party’s negligence, default, or intentionally wrongful act. Some fatal incidents that often lead to claims are:

Fatalities from any of the above can leave families with devastating losses, both emotionally and financially. It is important to speak with a Chicago wrongful death attorney who can evaluate your rights and help you seek justice for your loved one and financial recovery for your family. 

Seeking Compensation for Wrongful Death

Under Illinois law, certain parties can recover financial compensation for losses caused by wrongful death, and some losses that might be compensated include:

  • Funeral expenses
  • Medical expenses
  • Emotional distress
  • Damaged property
  • Loss of financial support
  • Loss of inheritance
  • Loss of companionship
  • Loss of guardianship and parental guidance
  • Punitive damages

After damages are awarded, compensation is distributed to eligible parties by the court in proportion to their dependence on the decedent’s support. It is primarily left to the court’s discretion and could take some time to determine. Parties who often recover include surviving spouses, children, or parents.

It is better to speak with a wrongful death attorney sooner than later to evaluate the circumstances surrounding your loved one’s death. Suppose you have lost a loved one because of the careless actions of someone else. In that case, an attorney can examine the details surrounding their death and work to recover sufficient compensation for your losses.

Contact a Chicago Wrongful Death Lawyer Today to Fight For Your Deceased Loved Ones

At The Horwitz Law Group, we strive to provide excellent legal support to our clients as they navigate emotional and challenging times. If you have lost a close family member because of someone else’s conduct, you should contact a law firm experienced in handling wrongful death lawsuits. We understand that it can be challenging to recover after losing a loved one. That’s why our Chicago wrongful death attorneys will handle your wrongful death lawsuit with the utmost sensitivity and respect. 

Today, contact our team to schedule a free case evaluation to begin fighting for your deceased loved one.



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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