The Evanston wrongful death attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers work tirelessly on behalf of families who have lost loved ones in accidents that were completely preventable if not for the negligent or irresponsible actions of others. In most of these cases, the surviving family members are forced to endure hardships due to the loss of companionship and financial contributions made by the victim to his or her family. We are also able to settle disagreements between those seeking compensation and determine how best to distribute the damages we are able to recover fairly among the surviving family members.
Accidents Contribute to Most Deaths before the Age of Forty in the United States
According to the National Safety Council, Americans under the age of 42 who die prematurely are most likely to have died as the result of an accident, which is the leading cause of death for anyone who is under the age of 42. Such accidents could include auto accidents, truck accidents, fires, contact with hazardous materials, medical malpractice, medication errors, choking, drowning and workplace accidents. In many cases, another person’s negligent behavior or an employer’s inaction have been large factors in the person’s death.
If your loved one died due to negligence, we can assist you in recovering compensation— which will include the cost of burying your loved one, the value of his or her wages, the loss of companionship, his or her pain and suffering and your family’s bereavement. It is important to begin an investigation into the exact cause of your loved one’s death so that we can direct legal action to the correct party or determine whether multiple parties share liability.
Forms of Evanston Wrongful Death Claims
Regardless of how your loved one died, it is always wise to launch a deeper investigation to see if you are able to make a claim for wrongful death. Some of the types of accidents we have been able to file these claims for include the following.
- Auto collisions involving motorists who are distracted, under the influence of drugs and alcohol or who are acting in a reckless or unlawful manner. Truck drivers who are fatigued or distracted can also be involved in catastrophic accidents that leave one or more people fatally injured.
- Motorcycle accidents, including those where the motorcyclist is at fault for a passenger’s death.
- Pedestrian accidents. Since pedestrians have absolutely no protection, these incidents never end well and the negligent motorists often would have been able to prevent the death by slowing down or paying more attention to the road.
- Exposure to corrosive or toxic chemicals, both at work and in the home. These materials can include lead, creosote and asbestos.
- The negligent treatment of nursing home patients, leading to serious and fatal injuries. The treatment our elderly receive now is a travesty and especially heinous when the neglect results in death.
- Explosions, fires or electrocution. When these events occur, there are often numerous victims and the employer may be held liable if safety rules were not followed or the workers were not given proper protective equipment.
- Workplace accidents. Most commonly associated with manufacturing and construction, these accidents can also occur in warehouses, at excavation sites or even at an office.
- Medical negligence which results in the death of the patient.
- Dog bites. When a dog mauls another person and the injuries prove fatal, the dog owner may be held liable for the actions of his or her animal.
- Product liability due to machinery defects. Machine failure is the cause of a lot of catastrophic injuries and the manufacturer is to be held accountable when an accident leads to the death of a worker.
If you believe that your loved one’s death was due to negligence, you have the right to file a wrongful death claim against those who are responsible. We suggest investigating the cause of your loved one’s death further to determine just who is at fault and how strong of a claim you have so that you are able to take the most appropriate course of action.
Who Should File the Evanston Wrongful Death Claim?
In most cases, the spouse has the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the victim, but there are cases where the parents, siblings or children of the deceased may also have a claim. It is important to retain legal counsel prior to deciding on a course of action so that your own interests are protected and you are able to settle any disputes that arise concerning who has the right to what amount of compensation.
When family members are unable to come to an agreement on their own, the judge will make the determination, making it all the more important to have quality legal representation behind you.
Our Evanston Wrongful Death Lawyers are ready to Fight for You
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers is a leading personal injury law firm that has represented thousands of clients who have lost loved ones in accidents due to reckless and irresponsible behavior. We can provide you with the greatest chance of securing compensation while maximizing the value of your claim.
We would like to invite you to schedule a free case review with one of our award winning Evanston wrongful death attorneys today so that we can gather the information we need to investigate the matter further and review your legal options and strategy together. If we are unable to secure damages on your behalf, our services will be free of charge.