The loss of a loved one in a preventable accident can have a devastating impact on those who are left behind and who need to adjust to life without the companionship and resources provided by the deceased. The Joliet wrongful death attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can help your family recover fair compensation for your losses and to resolve any disputes regarding how benefits should be distributed among the family members left behind so that you can finally begin to move forward with your life without wondering how you are going to make ends meet without your loved one’s financial contributions.
Accidents are a Leading Factor in Deaths across the United States
The National Safety Council has reported that accidents are ranked in the top five leading causes of death in our country. For those under the age of 42, accidents are the leading cause of death, and many of these accidents are the result of another person’s negligent behavior. Examples include auto accidents, workplace injuries, fires, trips or falls, drowning, medical malpractice, drug overdoses, choking or death due to contact with hazardous materials.
When it is determined that an accident which has led to the death of one or more person was caused by the action or inaction of another which is deemed negligent, the families of those who were killed have the right to a claim for wrongful death. There are a number of scenarios under which wrongful death may be applied, and the surviving family members might seek compensation from negligent equipment manufacturers, businesses, employers, employees or the individuals responsible for an accident.
Types of Joliet Wrongful Death Claims
If you have lost a loved one in any form of accident, it is worth looking into the case to determine whether you have a claim. Following are some examples of claims we may be able to recover compensation for on your behalf.
- Car or truck accidents that have resulted in fatal injuries.
- Motorcycle accidents, including those where a passenger was killed due to the actions of another motorist or the person controlling the bike.
- Pedestrian accidents involving negligent motorists.
- Poisoning due to hazardous materials such as lead, corrosive chemicals or toxic compounds.
- Nursing home abuse or neglect.
- Vicious animal attacks resulting in deadly injuries.
- Workplace injuries, often occurring on construction or excavation sites.
- Electrocution, fires or explosions which result in fatalities.
- Medical malpractice leading to the death of the patient.
- Product liability claims where the injured died of his or her injuries.
If your loved one died due to any type of accident, we suggest that you launch an investigation just to determine whether another person or company was responsible. This may allow you to recover the damages that you need to replace your loved one’s wages and continue to meet your financial obligations for the funeral, out of pocket expenses and continued cost of living without his or her contributions.
How to Determine Which Family Member Should File a Joliet Wrongful Death Lawsuit
It may be possible for the family members of someone who has died in an accident to be confused over who has the right or ability to file a wrongful death claim. While in most cases, the spouse would file such a claim, in the event the deceased was not married, his or her parents, children or siblings may file the claim instead. It is very easy for things to get out of hand when the family begins to argue over who has the right to benefits following a death.
We can help determine who has the legal right and option to file a lawsuit and to help you protect your claim if multiple family members are in dispute over who has the right to compensation. Since wrongful death claims are valued based both on economic factors and emotional or mental anguish and the victim’s pain and suffering, it could be possible to recover a considerable amount of damages.
Who Determines the Beneficiaries of a Joliet Wrongful Death Settlement?
While most families discuss how benefits will be dispersed, we have seen some families fight on occasion over who should receive what. When this is the case, it is the presiding judge who will ultimately determine which families members are entitled to different assets and compensation after a special hearing. We are able to both assist you in trying to settle these disputes beforehand and in representing your interests to ensure that you recover the maximum amount of compensation possible.
Put a Joliet Wrongful Death Lawyer to Work on Your Behalf
If you lost a loved one in an accident, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can help you recover the compensation you need to provide for your family while making a statement that the negligent actions resulting in your loved one’s death will not be tolerated. We have extensive experience helping families file these claims and have recovered millions of dollars of compensation on behalf of our clients.
Contact us today to arrange a free consultation with one of our award winning Joliet wrongful death attorneys so that we can review the details of your case, perform a thorough investigation and discuss your legal options and strategy in greater detail. Since we work on a contingency fee basis, we are able to represent clients regardless of their financial status and can assure that you will never be required to pay attorney’s fees until we have been able to secure compensation on your behalf.